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2013 House Bill 4629: Authorize fees and regulations on electronic billboards

Public Act 2 of 2014

  1. Introduced by Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R) on April 25, 2013, to amend the state billboard law to authorize regulations and extra fees for digital signs, and revise a wide range of other details of this law, in part so as to conform with federal billboard laws and regulations.
    • Referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on April 25, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on May 14, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on June 5, 2013. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on June 5, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R) on June 5, 2013, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 5, 2013.
  2. Passed 100 to 7 in the House on June 6, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on June 11, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on June 11, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on December 11, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on December 12, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 12, 2013.
  4. Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to amend the state billboard law to authorize regulations and extra fees for digital signs, and revise a wide range of other details of this law, in part so as to conform with federal billboard laws and regulations. Among other changes the bill places new conditions and restrictions on removing vegetation from in front of signs, "grandfathering" provisions for existing signs, and more. The Senate added a provision requiring billboard owners to surrender three existing permits for regular signs in or order to get one digital billboard permit, with certain exceptions and additional restrictions.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on December 12, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R) on January 15, 2014, to establish a threshold and phase-in period for the provision requiring sign owners to surrender three existing billboard permits to get one digital sign permit. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on January 15, 2014.
  6. Passed 101 to 6 in the House on January 15, 2014, to authorize regulations for digital highway billboards, including a requirement that sign owners surrender three existing regular-sign permits to get one digital billboard permit, subject to certain exceptions and restrictions. The bill would also revise a wide range of other details of state billboard regulations, including conditions and restrictions on removing vegetation from in front of signs, increased fees and fines, and more..
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Received in the Senate on January 16, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. John Pappageorge (R) on January 29, 2014, to extend a deadline on converting permits for regular billboards into permits for digital signs. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on January 29, 2014.
  8. Passed 21 to 14 in the Senate on January 29, 2014, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill, except with the addition of one amendment.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  9. Received in the House on January 29, 2014.
  10. Passed 104 to 6 in the House on January 29, 2014, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  11. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on January 30, 2014.

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