Court voids heart of Texas Highway Beautification Act

A state appeals court has overturned a law that allowed Texas officials to regulate signs along highways and interstates, saying key sections of the 1972 Texas Highway Beautification Act violate free speech rights.

Limits on outdoor advertising, the legacy of efforts by Lady Bird Johnson to reduce eyesores along the nation’s growing highway system, cannot be enforced because the law improperly regulates billboards and signs based on what they say, the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals ruled.

Signs, for example, are treated differently if they relate to elections, advertise activities at a business or point to a scenic or historic attraction, the court said… Read more from mystatesman.com