The House voted March 1st in favor of legislation that would increase the maximum age that children are required to ride in car safety seats from 6 to 8 years. HB 279 would require the use of a child booster seat up to age 8, with an exemption for children who are taller than 4 feet, 9 inches or weigh more than 40 pounds.
House members voted March 2nd to approve legislation that would increase criminal penalties for those guilty of trafficking young women for sex. HB 200 proposes a minimum prison sentence of 10 to 20 years and/or a fine of up to $100,000. If the victim is under 18 years old and is found to have been coerced or deceived into being trafficked, the prison sentence would be increased to between 25 and 50 years.
From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . . .
The Democratic Party dominated Southern politics from the post-Civil War era through Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal and decades beyond.
But the debate over civil rights issues, the scope of government and other matters ignited a transformation that has left much of the South in GOP control in recent years.
Last week, I introduced legislation that would relieve local governments of the costly burden of preparing comprehensive plans mandated by the state. HB 260 addresses concerns of officials in many smaller counties and cities, where such paperwork is often unnecessary and takes extraordinary time and effort on the part of understaffed local governments.