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.
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.
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.
Legislation that would prohibit illegal immigrants from attending Georgia’s public colleges and universities was favorably reported by the House Higher Education Committee on Feb. 15 and now awaits a vote on the House floor.