- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A bill that would remove or relocate dozens of informational signs along Maine’s interstate highways has been amended before heading for a vote.

The Legislature’s Transportation Committee on Wednesday agreed to amendments that would allow some signs to stay and restrict putting up new signs in the future.

The committee is expected to vote Thursday before moving the bill to the full Legislature.

The Maine Turnpike Authority and the state Transportation Department say removing or relocating the brown signs with white lettering that point out colleges, parks and cultural and recreational attractions, including ski areas, is necessary to comply with federal law, and failing to do so could cost the state millions in federal funding.

Municipal leaders, businesses and other opponents say removing the signs would hurt the state economy.