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AB-1722 Department of Transportation: changeable message signs.(2011-2012)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 09, 2012

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1722


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Alejo

February 16, 2012


An act to add Section 101.13 to the Streets and Highways Code, relating to highway signs.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1722, as amended, Alejo. Department of Transportation: changeable message signs.
Existing law provides that the Department of Transportation has full possession and control of all state highways. Existing law, the Outdoor Advertising Act, provides for the regulation by the department of advertising displays, as defined, within view of public highways. Existing law also authorizes the department to install and maintain information signs along state highways.
This bill would require the department to, by June 30, 2013, update it policies to permit local transportation agencies to display displays of specified messages on changeable roadside message signs.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 101.13 is added to the Streets and Highways Code, to read:

101.13.
 (a) Prior to June 30, 2013, the department shall update its internal policies to allow local transportation agencies to display displays of the following types of messages on changeable message signs:
(1) Safety messages.
(2) Transportation-related messages.
(3) Reminders to register to vote.
(4) Reminders to vote as elections approach.
(b) For purposes of this section, “changeable message sign” means any electronic sign on a roadway with a changeable message typically used to alert motorists of traffic conditions, unusual weather conditions, emergencies, or other events.
(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to alter the requirements of the Emergency Alert System or the Amber Plan under Section 8594 of the Government Code.