Week Five of the 2019 came to a close Thursday, February 14th. We have completed 15 days of the 2019 Legislative Session and during week 5 the House passed House Bill 25 and 184, as well as Senate Bill 25. I am looking forward to seeing all that the House will accomplish in the remaining weeks of the 2019 Legislative Session! I’ve detailed for you below a short recap of the bills that passed during week five.
House Bill 25
HB 25 passed February 13th, with 173 votes yea and 1 vote nay. This bill builds on federal protections given to active duty service members through the Service Members Relief Act by allowing service members to opt out of certain contracts with TV and internet providers as well as health spas. To qualify, service members must be on active duty or receive orders of deployment to a region where identical services are not offered. An example of how this bill would operate is if a service member receives orders of deployment to Poland, he/she can opt out of a contract with Direct TV if its services are not offered there. The Georgia House Republican Caucus is committed to our men and women in uniform!
To learn more about House Bill 25 click here.
House Bill 184
HB 184 passed February 14th, with 170 votes yea and 1 vote nay. HB 184 is a long-overdue piece of legislation that provides the necessary framework for the deployment of “small cell” technology across our state. Small cells are the latest wireless transmitters that will enable the deployment of the next generation of wireless service – known as 5G – and assist telecommunications companies in boosting their capacity and service reliability. The Georgia House Republican Caucus is working hard to keep you, your friends, and your family better connected!
To learn more about House Bill 184 click here.
Senate Bill 25
SB 25 fixes an error in the code pertaining to school bus passing. Unless a driver of a vehicle is driving on a divided highway separated by a grass median, unpaved area, or physical barrier, the driver must stop when a school bus is stopped on the opposite side of the highway. This bill will make roads safer for Georgia children riding the bus to school each day!
To learn more about SB 25 click here.
Once again, if you are interested in learning more about all that goes on during the Legislative session then the Georgia House of Representatives website has everything you need to stay up to date and informed. From press releases to live video broadcasts of the House Floor, you can experience your state government in action up close. Click here to learn more.
As the 2019 Session continues to move forward, I promise I will continue to work diligently to pass meaningful and helpful legislation for all citizens of Georgia. If you find yourself in Atlanta during this session, I encourage you to visit me at my Capitol office! Also, please do not hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns regarding any current or upcoming legislation. My Capitol office is located at 401-D Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg, 18 Capitol Square SW, Atlanta, GA 30334. My office phone number is 404.656.0152. I can also be reached via email at Dale.Washburn@house.ga.gov.
As always, thank you for allowing me to be your representative and God bless you and your family.