Senate Bill No. 309

Introduced By _______________________________________________________________________________

A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act allowing the placement of not more than four business signs on one specific information sign for qualifying businesses; amending section

60-5-512, MCA; and providing an immediate effective date."

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:

Section 1.  Section 60-5-512, MCA, is amended to read:

"60-5-512.   Specific information signs -- number of business signs -- distances. (1) The number of specific information signs permitted is limited to one for each type of motorist service along an approach to an interchange or intersection.

(2)  More than six business signs may not be displayed on a "GAS", "FOOD", "LODGING", or "CAMPING" specific information sign. Except as provided in subsection (3), a business may not be allowed more than one business sign on the same specific information sign.

(3)  In areas where there are only one or two not more than four qualified businesses available for each of two or more types of motorist services, business signs for two types of services may be displayed by a business on the same specific information sign. More than two four business signs for each type of service may not be displayed in combination on a specific information sign.

(4)  To qualify for business identification on a specific information sign, a motorist service facility shall meet the eligibility criteria established in 60-5-514 and may not be located more than 3 miles from the interstate highway. However, if eligible services are not located within the 3-mile limit, the distance limits may be increased in 3-mile increments until either an eligible service or 15 miles is reached."

NEW SECTION. Section 2.  Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.