Nixon vetoes billboard legislation, citing limits on local authority

Friday, July 8, 2011 | 6:13 p.m. CDT; updated 5:10 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation amending the state's billboard laws, saying it would limit the power of local governments to regulate signs in their communities.

The legislation would have barred local governments from prohibiting billboards, although they could still have set rules on the size, height, lighting and spacing of the signs.

Nixon announced the veto Friday afternoon.

The governor said in a letter that the measure would have limited efforts by local officials to preserve the character of their communities.

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