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The Texas Department of Transportation Commission is currently considering changes to a rule that has been challenged by Sabine County residents Gary and Jeanette Golden.

 

The law prohibits them from expressing their beliefs with a sign containing the Ten Commandments on their 28 acre property along Highway 21 in Milam.

 

The Goldens erected the sign last August, and the state agency sent a letter to them saying it violated a state law passed to comply with the Federal Highway Beautification Act, which prohibited signs and billboards within a certain distance of primary highways, unless they are defined as commercial or industrial.

 

The proposal by the Texas Transportation Commission is currently in the public comment phase which closes on Monday, July 14.

 

The change would address a possible unconstitutional anomaly in Texas law that provides for more protection for business and ad campaigns that personal opinion.

 

The Commission will vote on a change after the comment period closes. 

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