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Arizona House OKs extending electronic billboards range

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PHOENIX — The Arizona House passed amended legislation Thursday that would allow electronic billboards in some areas of Mohave County where they are now banned to protect the state’s astronomy industry.

Senate Bill 1114 would allow areas of Mohave County within 40 miles of Bullhead City to become exempt from a 2012 Arizona law that limits electronic billboards to central and southwest parts of Arizona.

The law creates a corridor of dark skies to decrease light pollution.

The measure marks sponsor Republican Sen. Sonny Borrelli’s second attempt at adding parts of Mohave County to the areas where electronic billboards are allowed.

A similar bill by him failed to pass last year.

The House’s 35-18 vote sends the legislation back to the Senate for final approval before heading to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk.

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