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The bad idea that refuses to go away

Out of home advertising on overhead highway direction signs.  The bad idea that refuses to go away.  Texas Department of Transportation proposed something in 2016.  Other people are making suggestions as well.  See this email to US Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao: And here’s the US Department of Department of Transportation’s response.   Insider’s take:  Glad the US Department of Transportation is against this bad idea.  Insider opposes advertising within the federal right of way for three reasons. It […]

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Methuen Proposing Committee To Oversee Advertisements

The Methuen, MA city council is considering a proposal for a new committee to oversee the advertisements that appear on billboards.  The Eagle-Tribune reports on the the proposal which took place at  Tuesday’s city council meeting. One city council member expressed concern over a billboard that advertised an app used to locate marijuana stores for users.  The discussion that followed included a suggestion that everyone who owns a billboard would have to come before the proposed committee and explain what would go […]

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Billboard Changes proposed in North Carolina

The Charlotte Observer ran an editorial last week and an article yesterday opposing some  North Carolina billboard proposals. The Observer suggests that the proposals are extreme.  Insider disagrees. First, the Observer objects to House Bill 578 which would increase the maximum cutting zone around billboards: The “maximum cutting zone” for removing vegetation around billboards would increase from 340 feet to 500 feet. In 2012, lawmakers expanded it from 250 feet, so this increase is nearly twice as big. The new […]

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WA State bill restricts out of home pot ads.

Insider has long been amused by the fact that the State of Washington has strict limits on pot store on-premise advertising while allowing pot retailers to make unlimited use of billboards.  The loophole has been closed.  Senate Bill 5131 passed the Washington State house and senate and is sitting on the Governor’s desk.  The bill prohibits marijuana billboard advertising: Within 1,000 feet of a school, playground, rec center, child care center, park, library or game arcade. On buses. In airports or […]

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Regulatory Roundup April 22, 2017

Lexington, Kentucky city leaders are beginning to evaluate the use of electronic billboards along certain roadways in the central Kentucky community.  Kentucky State legislative action provides local governing bodies the authority to move forward with digital boards.  Lamar recently met with the Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee. There goal is to convert 10 to 20 existing billboards to digital rather than installing new structures.More on this at 88.9weku. The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Texas state lawmakers racing against the […]

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Lamar wins round in Pittsburgh Fight

Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that Lamar has won a round in a protracted court battle with the city of Pittsburgh when a District judge dismissed a city citation claiming that Lamar had increased the size of the sign on Mt Washington when it added vinyl banner. The city has gone to court to make Lamar take down the 32 foot by 225 foot sign.   Lamar appealed.  The court hearing is May 11. Scenic Pittsburgh entered the fray by asking Lamar […]

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Peabody says no, West Hollywood yes.

Two cities taking different approaches to billboards. Salemnews.com reports that the Peabody, Massachusetts town council is considering bills to ban any new billboards and to remove loopholes which allow billboard companies to ad screens or alter existing boards.  A council committee will consider the bills on April 27. la.curbed says that West Hollywood’s city staffers are concerned the Sunset Strip “is losing its edge as a creative mecca.”  They want to permit 18 new billboard faces on the Sunset Strip […]

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Schenectady County Settles With Lamar

Insider reported in December 2016 that Lamar has sued Schenectady County, New York for $50,000 in compensation after the county terminated a billboard lease as part of a road widening project.  The County offered Lamar $25,000 for the billboard when it purchased the property.  Lamar countered at $82,638 and asked for the county to pay the costs of the relocation of the billboard.  The County then notified Lamar it was terminating the billboard lease under a 30 day notice clause. The […]

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New Digital Billboard in Meriden, CT

Insider has edited a previous version of this article to correct some errors.  The sign which is the subject of the article is on private land, not on city land and was not subject to any local disputes. myrecordjournal has an article about a new Meriden, CT digital billboard constructed by Independent Outdoor on I-691 on private land.  Lots of pics of a great looking billboard. Insider’s take:   Digital signs can provide a public service by running public service […]

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J. Allen Smith on Cincinnati v Discovery and Ladue v Gilleo

Insider has asked J. Allen Smith to write a series of articles on landmark out of home advertising legal cases.  Mr. Smith is a eminent domain and condemnation expert at Settlepou, a Dallas law firm.  For more information on Mr Smith, please see Smith’s Settlepou bio.  In January Smith discussed Metromedia.  Today Smith discusses two cases which amplified Metromedia. Teaching Metromedia by J Allen Smith Continuing our legal series on the topic of Freedom of Speech and following up on our January […]

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