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Verizon Center billboards bill fast-tracked

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Local,DC,Liz Farmer

A bill that would allow more electronic billboards outside the Verizon Center is being pushed through Tuesday in DC Council so new ads can go up in time for the Washington Wizards' 2012-13 season.

Ward 7 Councilwoman Yette Alexander, who chairs the committee that approved the bill, said she was submitting an emergency version of the legislation for approval because Tuesday is the last chance to get the ball rolling on the new ads before the council goes on its two-month break at the end of the week.

"Monumental Sports, their goal was to get this in play by the time the next season opens," she said at a media legislatve briefing.

She added that the only outstanding concerns regarding the bill are coming from an adjacent property owner. The owner of that office building and Verizon Center owner Ted Leonsis are working out an agreement regarding the brightness and animation in the signs, she said.

Leonsis has also agreed not to sell ad space to tobacco or alcohol products, something Alexander said she expected he would put in writing.

lfarmer@washingtonexaminer.com

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