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The Legislative Process: SB 136 Signed By Governor Deal
This is the fourth and final post 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 Feb. 8.
At the start of the legislative session, Governor Deal addressed the need for increased attention to public safety on Georgia’s waterways, including stricter regulation of boating under the influence.
Senate Bill 136 does exactly that, lowering the state's legal intoxication limit for boaters and hunters and increasing penalties for those caught boating while intoxicated. The bill also requires youth to enroll in free boating safety education courses and all individuals 13 years of age and younger to wear life jackets on moving boats.
After a unanimous vote in the state Senate, the Georgia House of Representatives approved SB 136 with some minor revisions and sent those revisions to the Senate on March 20. The Senate approved the revisions and passed the final version of the bill on March 28.
The bill calls for the “Jake and Griffin Prince BUI Law,” in tribute to two brothers killed when a drunk boater collided with their family’s boat, and the “Kile Glover Boat Education Law,” which remembers a young boy struck and killed by a jet watercraft last summer.
Governor Nathan Deal reviewed the bill and signed it into law on April 23. The bill will take effect on May 15.
About the Author
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.