As discussed in last week’s CIB, a bad billboard bill which would strip local governments and state agencies of much of their authority to protect roadside trees and local scenic corridors passed the House, and was sent to the governor last week.
NCLCV urged legislators to oppose House Bill 645 “in order to safeguard the natural environment, local decision-making authority, and driver safety in our state.”
Though not enough of them ultimately listened, the final House vote was a narrow 60-54 majority. This means if Gov. Roy Cooper were to veto the bill, it would likely be upheld. NCLCV Director of Governmental Relations Dan Craword said, “This industry-favoritism bill is bad for our environment and an assault on local control. We urge Gov. Cooper to speak for our trees by vetoing the billboard bill.”
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