Appeals court upholds new Pittsburgh billboard law

The Associated Press


PITTSBURGH (AP) - A state appeals court has upheld a Pittsburgh ordinance regulating the size, location and other features of electronic billboards -including how bright they can be.

Lamar Advertising, the nation's largest outdoor advertising company, sued last year claiming the city's new billboard ordinance was enacted illegally.

An Allegheny County judge last year rejected the claim by the Baton Rouge, La., firm, which appealed to Commonwealth Court. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review  reports that appeal was also rejected Tuesday.

Lamar is arguing the bill changed so many times before it was passed that it should have been reviewed again during a public hearing and by the city's planning commission.

Lamar contends the ordinance also limits constitutionally protected speech and its attorney says the company may appeal again.

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