HBA-NRS H.B. 1697 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1697 By: Ellis, Dan Transportation 7/19/2001 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Prior to the 77th Legislature, the Transportation Code did not expressly allow advertising by a sponsor on an outdoor sign erected or maintained by a nonprofit county agricultural fair, school, or institution of higher education along a state highway. The Walker County Fair Association erected a sign with the logo of a local bank that underwrote the cost of the sign. The Texas Department of Transportation asked that the sign be removed and informed the bank that it was not in compliance with state law. House Bill 1697 allows an entity that pays for or sponsors a sign for a nonprofit county agricultural fair, school, or institution of higher education to use up to 25 percent of the area of the sign for the sponsor's logo or emblem. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 1697 amends the Transportation Code to authorize outdoor advertising that is an outdoor sign to include the logo or emblem of an entity if: _the sign is erected or maintained by a nonprofit county agricultural fair, a public or private elementary or secondary school, or a public or private institution of higher education; _the sign is erected or maintained in a county with a population of 65,000 or less; _the entity sponsors or provides significant funding to the agricultural fair, school, or institution of higher education; and _the entity's logo or emblem occupies less than 25 percent of the area of the sign. EFFECTIVE DATE June 14, 2001.