HBA-NRS H.B. 1697 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1697 By: Ellis, Dan Transportation 3/1/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, the Transportation Code does not expressly allow advertising by a sponsor on an outdoor sign erected or maintained by a nonprofit county agricultural fair along a state highway. The Walker County Fair Association recently erected a sign with the logo of a local bank that underwrote the cost of the sign. The Texas Department of Transportation has asked that the sign be removed and informed the bank that they are in noncompliance with state law. House Bill 1697 allows an entity who pays for or sponsors a sign for a nonprofit county agricultural fair 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 and is erected or maintained by a nonprofit county agricultural fair to include the logo or emblem of an entity that sponsors the agricultural fair if that logo or emblem occupies less than 25 percent of the area of the sign. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.