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Louisiana House Committee Rejects Billboard Restrictions

A bill at the legislature that would have put a moratorium on billboards along state roadways died in committee Tuesday.

The bill’s author says he’s disappointed.

“Definitely, we have to find solutions to the culture we’re living in that we cultivate lawsuits and litigation before we even talk about resolve,” Rep. Jack McFarland says.

HCR4 was driven largely by a lobbying group for trucking companies, which in part wanted the bill because they believe personal-injury attorneys are giving trucking a bad name through their billboards.

“We’re trying to improve the message we deliver to the people who are visiting our state,” Triple G Express president Randy Guillot says. “We’re pro-business and we want to promote that idea. A lot of the billboards we have out right now just don’t deliver that same message.”

The House Transportation Committee voted 14-3 against the measure after a three-hour discussion.