by Matt Kalish

A Cole County judge struck down two laws Aug. 27 that limit municipalities’ ability to regulate construction of new cell phone towers.

Circuit Court Judge Patricia Joyce ruled that the statutes unfairly restrict municipalities and government agencies ability to regulate the new construction of cell phone towers.

“The implementation, enforcement, application, or assertion of any provision of HB 331 or HB 345 will subject the plaintiffs to the unwarranted burdens of unconstitutional laws,” Joyce said in her ruling.

The two laws were to go into effect Aug. 28.