AN ACT TO ALLOW ANY CITIZEN TO REMOVE A POLITICAL SIGN THAT REMAINS IN A PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE TIME WITHIN WHICH POLITICAL SIGNS ARE TO BE REMOVED, TO PROVIDE A WINDOW OF TIME BEFORE THE OPENING AND AFTER THE CLOSE OF POLLS FOR POLITICAL ADVERTISING TO BE PLACED AND COLLECTED AT THE VOTING PLACE, AND TO ALLOW THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS TO MODIFY THE REQUIRED CERTIFICATION DATES FOR THE 2019 ELECTION CYCLE IF NEEDED.
Senate amendment #1 to the 2nd edition deletes the previous provisions and now provides as follows.
Amends GS 136-32, deeming unlawfully placed and abandoned property any political signs that remain in a public right-of-way more than 30 days after the end of the period described in subsection (b) of the statute (which requires signs to be removed by the tenth day after primary or election day). Allows persons to remove and dispose of signs considered unlawfully placed and abandoned property without penalty. Makes similar additions to subsection (f) of the statute to now require municipalities adopting an ordinance regulating political sign placement to include the same provisions applicable to signs remaining in the right-of-way of streets located in the corporate limits of the municipality and maintained by the municipality. Applies to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2019.
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