Legislature Sends First Bill Of 2019 Session To Gov. Kemp

Feb 13, 2019

It's the fourteenth day of the legislative session, and the House and Senate have sent their first bill to Gov. Brian Kemp. 

SB 25 clarifies a law dealing with when it is allowed to pass a school bus.

Last year, lawmakers passed a measure that said drivers can pass a stopped school bus in three cases: when they're on the other side of a highway divided by a concrete barrier, when on the other side of a highway divided by a median or grass or when on the other side of a road with a turn lane in the middle. 

That last category didn't sit right with the bill's sponsor, Sen. Bill Heath (R-Bremen), who told his colleagues he received calls from school transportation officials who called it a "fatal error" for children. His chamber passed the measure last Thursday.

In the House Wednesday, Rep. Ginny Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs) showed a graphic of the three types of roads covered by the law and said it's a safety situation that needs to be corrected.

The bill passed unanimously with a vote of 171-0.