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The Legislative Process: SB 136 Goes to the House
This post is the second in a series examining the process of introducing, debating, amending and voting on a bill. We’re working closely with the state Senate Press Office to follow Senate Bill 136, which addresses issues of public safety on waterways. Legislators filed SB 136 on February 8, 2013. Don't forget to check out our first post introducing the bill.
Last Friday the Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 136, which aims to crack down on boating under the influence.
Senators representing districts surrounding Lake Lanier and others sponsored the bill after three children died in two separate accidents on the lake last summer. The bill would make it a crime to pilot a boat with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher and also increase the penalties for those caught boating drunk. SB 136 would also lower the legal intoxication limit for hunters to .08.
On February 11, senators heard the first reading of the bill and referred it to committee. With support from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and others, the Natural Resources and the Environment Committee unanimously offered the bill its favorable report on February 27. Tamika Raymond, the mother of Kile Glover, one of the children after whom the bill is named, also stood by that day to support the legislation.
After the committee recommended the bill, it returned to the Senate Floor for readings and debate. In another unanimous vote last Friday, the Senate approved SB 136 and sent it to the Georgia House of Representatives for review.
This Monday the bill hit the House Floor and will now make its way to the House Game, Fish, and Parks Committee for favorable consideration.
Bills may be debated, amended and read again before going to a final vote. If a bill is approved by both chambers, it goes to Governor Nathan Deal to be signed into law. Check back with us as we continue to follow this bill.
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Sunita Kapahi writes about education, public safety, social services, and transportation for GeorgiaGov. She is an Atlanta native and a graduate of Georgia State University.