The Outdoors: Banishing Billboards

With all its powers of persuasion, the Federal Government has taken well over two years, under the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, to sign agreements with 14 of the 50 states prohibiting billboards within 660 feet of interstate highways. But last week granite-hilled Vermont, by a senate vote of 20 to 9, sent along legislation to the Governor that Jan. 1, 1970, will allow that state to banish all billboards from its roads both big and small, except for signs on property owned by the advertiser. Vermont thus became only...