Yamashita Proposes Limiting Size of Campaign Signs to 8 Square Feet

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Guam – Senator Aline Yamashita has introduced a bill to limit the size of election campaign signs to 8 square feet. 

Current law allows signs of up to 192 square feet.

In addition, Bill 203 would require that the sign display the name of the candidate who approved the sign, or the name of the organization that paid for it.

Yamashita says that the distraction caused by large campaign signs is a safety concern and current regulations “must be amended to protect the safety of drivers, passengers, and pedestrian.”

 

 

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READ Yamashita’s release in FULL below:

Bill to limit campaign signs size

Senator Aline A. Yamashita introduced today Bill No. 203-31 (COR) to limit the size of campaign signs to 8 square feet; down from the current allowed size of as much as 192 square feet.  Additionally, the measure will put into statute a clause for a “notice” on the signage that the advertisement is approved or authorized by the candidate or the name of the person(s) or organization who paid for the sign.

“While the size and design of signs is competitive in itself, the distraction caused by campaign signs is a safety concern.  Current regulations must be amended to protect the safety of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians,” Senator Yamashita says.  “This need is heightened by the massive road projects that require drivers to be even more alert as lanes merge and routes are detoured.”

Guam’s election season is a unique experience for candidates and the island community.   Competition is energetic as the campaigning goes from canvassing to pocket meetings to rallies.   Candidates connect with voters through radio, print, and television.  Social marketing has become the latest tool candidates use to get their message across, Senator Yamashita says.

We always know the season is upon us when road signs start popping up.  While the 31st Guam Legislature has passed and introduced measures to ensure campaign integrity, campaign signs and its impact on highway safety should also be addressed, she adds.
 

ill to limit campaign signs size

Senator Aline A. Yamashita introduced today Bill No. 203-31 (COR) to limit the size of campaign signs to 8 square feet; down from the current allowed size of as much as 192 square feet.  Additionally, the measure will put into statute a clause for a “notice” on the signage that the advertisement is approved or authorized by the candidate or the name of the person(s) or organization who paid for the sign.

 

“While the size and design of signs is competitive in itself, the distraction caused by campaign signs is a safety concern.  Current regulations must be amended to protect the safety of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians,” Senator Yamashita says.  “This need is heightened by the massive road projects that require drivers to be even more alert as lanes merge and routes are detoured.”

 

Guam’s election season is a unique experience for candidates and the island community.   Competition is energetic as the campaigning goes from canvassing to pocket meetings to rallies.   Candidates connect with voters through radio, print, and television.  Social marketing has become the latest tool candidates use to get their message across, Senator Yamashita says.

 

We always know the season is upon us when road signs start popping up.  While the 31st Guam Legislature has passed and introduced measures to ensure campaign integrity, campaign signs and its impact on highway safety should also be addressed, she adds.

  

Attached, is a copy of the bill.  For more information, call the Families First! Office at 648-3474 or email aline4families@teleguam.net