- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Municipal officials and business owners from across Maine are speaking out against a bill that would remove dozens of signs from along the state’s highways.

Under the measure, about 70 signs would be either removed or relocated.

Many of the brown signs - called supplemental guide signs - show the way to colleges, parks, ski areas and other cultural and recreational attractions.

Opponents said at a three-hour hearing Tuesday before the Legislature’s Transportation Committee that removing the signs would hurt tourism and damage the state’s economy.

The Maine Turnpike Authority and the state Transportation Department say removing or relocating the signs is necessary to comply with federal law. Supporters of the bill say Maine could lose millions of dollars in federal funding if it doesn’t meet those standards.