Our Billboard Activism is Working!

Your e-mails and resolutions are really beginning to work!  Support for the billboard bills has been dropping off as your legislators have begun to express some doubts about this legislation which has proved to be so unpopular.  The sponsors are determined, however, and the billboard industry’s lobbyists have been relentless.  There is a strong chance that they will push the bills again this week.

 

We need your help right now!  Together we will stop or at least blunt these bills. Please send a short email to the addresses below by Wednesday morning, April 27 (day of a key committee meeting in Raleigh).

 

In your message, say that you are opposed to a measure that would dilute local billboard controls and double the area of trees to be cut down in front of billboards.  Point out the results of the recent state-wide poll about billboards.  Citizens across our state oppose industry's attempt to override local billboard controls.  An April 2011 statewide poll confirms this ...

 

Eight out of every 10 voters surveyed (80 percent) said they opposed allowing up to seven electronic billboards per mile. Senate bill 183 would permit digital billboards every 1,500 feet on each side of any interstate or highway in a commercial and industrial area –as many as seven billboards every mile.

 

Two thirds of those surveyed said they generally opposed any increase in the number of billboards in North Carolina.

 

Seventy  percent of North Carolina voters surveyed said that electronic billboards that flash changing ads every eight seconds would present a distraction to motorists, according to the poll.



More than 80 percent of those surveyed said they opposed removing more trees so that billboards could be seen for longer distances.



Here's a new website with more background: http://www.savetheview.org

 

Please forward this email to your email lists and networks.

 

The time is now. Together, we can stop out-of-state billboard companies from overriding local decisions.

 

Thank you,

 

T. R. Miller

Durham InterNeighborhood Council

 

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Send your short, polite message to important legislators at these email addresses (it's easy, just cut & paste)...

 

James.Forrester@ncleg.net, Bill.Rabon@ncleg.net, Kathy.Harrington@ncleg.net, Warren.Daniel@ncleg.net, Don.East@ncleg.net, Malcolm.Graham@ncleg.net, Ralph.Hise@ncleg.net, Neal.Hunt@ncleg.net, Brent.Jackson@ncleg.net, Clark.Jenkins@ncleg.net, Floyd.McKissick@ncleg.net, Gladys.Robinson@ncleg.net, Dan.Soucek@ncleg.net, Richard.Stevens@ncleg.net, Jerry.Tillman@ncleg.net, Don.Vaughan@ncleg.net, Rick.Gunn@ncleg.net, Stan.white@ncleg.net, Frank.Iler@ncleg.net, Grey.Mills@ncleg.net, Becky.Carney@ncleg.net, George.Cleveland@ncleg.net, Phillip.Frye@ncleg.net, William.McGee@ncleg.net, Marilyn.Avila@ncleg.net, Jeff.Barnhart@ncleg.net, Hugh.Blackwell@ncleg.net, Jamie.Boles@ncleg.net, Marcus.Brandon@ncleg.net, William.Brisson@ncleg.net, Jim.Crawford@ncleg.net, Bill.Current@ncleg.net, Nelson.Dollar@ncleg.net, John.Faircloth@ncleg.net, Rosa.Gill@ncleg.net, Mitch.Gillespie@ncleg.net, Ken.Goodman@ncleg.net, Charles.Graham@ncleg.net, Susi.Hamilton@ncleg.netDan.Ingle@ncleg.net, Ric.Killian@ncleg.net, Grier.Martin@ncleg.net, Danny.McComas@ncleg.net, Pat.McElraft@ncleg.net, Chuck.McGrady@ncleg.net, Tim.Moffitt@ncleg.net, Rodney.Moore@ncleg.net, Tom.Murry@ncleg.net, Diane.Parfitt@ncleg.net, Shirley.Randleman@ncleg.net, Ray.Rapp@ncleg.net, Tim.Spear@ncleg.net, Michael.Stone@ncleg.net, Winkie.Wilkins@ncleg.net

 

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