- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Debate has been delayed on legislation that likely would force North Carolina governments to pay more to outdoor advertising companies when their billboards are taken down to make way for new roads.

Bill sponsor Rep. David Lewis of Harnett County gave no reason when he pulled the measure from the House floor and returned it to a committee he leads. Wednesday’s floor schedule already included a controversial gun measure.

The billboard measure is supported by the advertising industry but opposed by the North Carolina League of Municipalities and state Department of Transportation.

The proposal would set more factors state and local governments must consider when evaluating “just compensation” for billboards that have to be taken down. The measure also eases some vegetation rules and billboard conversions to digital advertising.

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