A divided House voted February 24th to approve legislation that would allow the removal of trees adjacent to billboards on state rights-of-way along Georgia roads. Under HB 179, outdoor advertising companies would be allowed to remove all trees and vegetation within a “target view zone” along the highway where a billboard is located. The measure also specifies that road signs would have to be lowered to a maximum height of 75 feet.
House members voted February 22nd in favor of legislation that would reduce the early voting period for Georgia elections to 21 days prior to Election Day, down from the current 45-day period for in-person absentee voting. HB 92, intended to help counties reduce costs associated with the longer early voting period, would also establish one Saturday for early voting prior to each election.
On February 23rd, the House voted to approve legislation that calls for a review of and possible revisions to the state’s Quality Basic Education (QBE) formula, which is used to determine the amount of funding the state allocates to local school districts.
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.