Legislature(1995 - 1996)
1996-10-16 Senate JournalFull Journal pdf
1996-10-16 Senate Journal Page 4377 SB 181 Message of May 30 was received, stating: Dear President Pearce: Under the authority of art. II, sec. 15 of the Alaska Constitution, I have vetoed the following bill: CS FOR SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR SENATE BILL NO. 181(FIN) An Act relating to tourist oriented directional signs that are 90 inches in width and 18 inches in height and to penalties for violations related to outdoor advertising. Alaska needs to be responsive to our growing visitor industry by providing adequate highway directions for tourist services, but we must also continue to protect what visitors and residents alike expect -- spectacular, unblemished scenery. We have been able to maintain our uncluttered landscape by having one of the strictest outdoor advertising laws in the country. I do not intend to compromise this 1996-10-16 Senate Journal Page 4378 SB 181 important standard. I believe we can offer adequate tourist directions on our highways while maintaining our envious natural beauty under our current highway signage program. The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities now has a policy in place to permit directional signs along highways within the state right-of-way. Dozens of businesses have already taken advantage of the program. I believe the right-of-way is the appropriate location for any highway directional signs. Expanding it beyond that limit, as this bill proposes, leads us down a path that Alaska has wisely avoided for decades. Especially troubling in this bill is the provision that would diminish the penalty for signs that violate state regulations. If anything, we want to keep those penalties as severe as reasonable so we can expect a high level of compliance. The surest way to see a highway cluttered with illegal billboards is to make the penalty so mild that the infraction is worth the risk as just another cost of doing business. The current penalty is not too severe and does serve as a deterrence. At the same time that I veto this bill, I am directing the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to head up a task force that includes our Division of Tourism and the visitor industry to develop a positive approach in developing regulations toward fulfilling our directional signage needs. Sincerely, /s/ Tony Knowles Governor Governor's veto sustained on June 6 (page 4326).