Truckers and other drivers who lament the
seemingly never-ending erection of billboards along roadways would get a slight
reprieve under legislation in the Michigan Senate.
The Senate Transportation Committee
advanced a three-bill legislative package Tuesday, Dec. 13, that would ban all
new billboards along Michigan roads until 2009.
The legislation would bar the state from
issuing new billboard permits unless the applicants give up billboard permits
they already hold. In addition, a billboard advisory council would be set up
and permit fees for billboard renewals would be increased.
A Senate Fiscal Agency analysis said about
14,500 permits for billboards along highways have been issued in the state.
About 272 new permits are issued each year.
At least four states – Alaska, Hawaii,
Maine and Vermont – prohibit billboards to be erected.
The Michigan Senate could vote on bill
package next month.
The bills are SB567, SB568 and SB911.