Sen. Kane Promotes Legislation Authorizing Towns To Remove Illegal Commercial Signs

May 5, 2008

Senator Rob Kane (R-32) helped secure Senate passage of his very own legislation to grant municipalities the right to remove commercial signs that do not comply with local rules, regulations or ordinances from highway and street right of ways.

Senator Kane offered this legislation as an amendment to a bill now subject to further action by the House of Representatives.

“We have all seen signs advertising various things attached to telephone poles or otherwise placed at the edges of streets and highways. They don’t belong there and they are an eyesore. States have the right to remove illegal signs, and municipalities need to have that right as well. This has been an issue in many towns, including those in my district, and I want to thank Southbury First Selectman Mark Cooper for bringing this matter to my attention,” said Senator Kane.

“I think it is important to stress that these signs are put up illegally. My proposal would give towns the right to take them down without concern regarding the legality of their actions,” said Senator Kane.

Senator Kane noted that this is the first time he introduced an amendment since becoming a state legislator. He was elected to represent the 32nd Senatorial District in a January 15th special election. His district includes the communities of Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Roxbury, Seymour, Southbury, Thomaston, Watertown and Woodbury.