commonplace on roadways are being targeted for extinction by Texas
have filed a pair of bills – SB512 and HB994 – to prohibit new
billboards from being erected and prevent old ones from being
replaced along any road or highway in the state.
say it would protect the environment and make Texas more attractive
for visitors and businesses, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
Texas cities have already banned new billboards. And five states
– Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, Alaska and Hawaii – have already
made their roads a no-advertising zone.
has more than 30,000 billboards statewide, ranking third in the
nation, and the Texas Department of Transportation issues 550
new permits a year.
of the ban dismissed suggestions that the roadside ads – which
have been around at least since motor vehicles took to the road
– are an important part of American culture and a service to drivers
that should be protected, the newspaper reported. Instead, they
say the boards obstruct the state’s scenic views.