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Arizona Gov. Ducey signs bill to extend electronic billboard range

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PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation that allows electronic billboards to be erected in some areas of Mohave County where they are now banned to protect the state’s astronomy industry.

Ducey signed the measure backed by the billboard industry Monday.

The bill allow areas of Mohave County within 40 miles of Bullhead City to become exempt from a 2012 law that limits electronic billboards to central and southwest parts of Arizona. That 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 areas where electronic billboards are allowed.

Opponents said it could propel future legislation that will have a direct effect on the work local astronomers do.

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