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Alaska Prohibition of Billboards, Measure 5 (1998)

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Alaska Ballot Measure 5, also known as An Act Prohibiting Billboards, was on the November 3, 1998 election ballot in Alaska as an indirect initiated state statute, where it was approved.[1]

The primary sponsors of the initiative were Michele Keck, Kevin Harun, and Douglas Pope.

Election results

Alaska Prohibition of Billboards, Measure 5
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 160,922 72.4%
No61,40127.6%

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

The bill states findings and intent that Alaska be forever free of billboards. It defines billboards as any signs or forms of outdoor advertising not allowed by law. The bill also repeals a law recently passed by the legislature which allows a new class of road signs outside of the right-of-way, visible from highways, off-site from where business are located. Those tourism directional signs have a standard format and size of 90 by 18 inches. The bill changes the penalty from a violation back to a misdemeanor for those who break the laws on outdoor advertising near state roads.

Path to the ballot

  • Application was received in the Lieutenant Governor's Office on July 18, 1997.
  • A copy of the application and signatures were sent to the Department of Law and Division of Elections on July 18, 1997.
  • The Division of Elections determined that there were a sufficient number of sponsor signatures on July 21, 1997.
  • The application was certified on July 31, 1997.
  • Petition booklets were issued to the initiative committee on September 22, 1997.
  • The one year filing deadline was September 22, 1998.
  • Petition booklets were submitted to the Division of Elections on December 19, 1997.
  • Lieutenant Governor Ulmer certified the petition for this initiative as properly filed on January 7, 1998.
  • The initiative appeared on the 1998 general election ballot.

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