JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate has approved legislation that would allow highway billboards to be moved - rather than torn down - during road construction projects.
Thursday's 28-5 Senate vote sends the bill to the House.
Under the measure, billboard owners would be allowed to move their signs to another spot on the same or an adjoining property during highway construction.
The state would cover the costs of moving billboards. An estimate included with the legislation says the cost could be about $37,500 per billboard.
Sponsoring Sen. Bill Stouffer, a Republican from Napton, says Missouri needs such rules in place to help businesses as the state looks to expand its highways to accommodate more traffic.
Billboards legislation is SB607