Arizona Electronic Billboards Bill On Gov. Ducey's Desk

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 7:53am

The Arizona Senate gave final approval Tuesday on a bill that would allow electronic billboards near the Nevada border in Mohave County.

The legislation would create a 40 mile radius around Bullhead City as an acceptable area for the illuminated signs.

A maximum of 35 electronic billboards could be placed around Bullhead City, but none would be allowed south of Interstate 40 or within about 40 miles of the Hoover Dam.

While the bill passed 20-8, there were objections.

Democratic Sen. Steve Farley said the signs are designed to bring Arizonans to Nevada to gamble.

"Our tourism industry and our astronomy industry are too important to the state and are dependent on our dark skies remaining dark to endanger that for a Nevada casino,” Farley said.

The bill now goes to Gov. Doug Ducey, who will decide whether to sign it into law.

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