Se­nate Bill 25 signed into law

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Last Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 15, 2019, Se­nate Bill 25 was signed into law by Gov­er­nor Brian P. Kemp. This is the first piece of leg­is­la­tion to be signed by Gov­er­nor Kemp.

Se­na­tor Bill Heath (R – Bre­men) spon­sored this leg­is­la­tion which ad­dresses risky lan­guage in last ses­sion’s House Bill 978 which al­lowed for driv­ers to pass a stopped school bus on a road or high­way sep­a­rated by only a turn lane.

“I com­mend Gov­er­nor Kemp, Lt. Gov­er­nor Ge­off Dun­can, Speaker David Ral­ston, my col­leagues in the Se­nate and our coun­ter­parts in the House on their quick ac­tion on SB 25,” said Sen. Heath. “I want to thank the trans­porta­tion di­rec­tor from one of my district’s school sys­tems for bring­ing this to my at­ten­tion. By pass­ing this leg­is­la­tion quickly and it be­com­ing law im­me­di­ately, we have in­creased our chil­dren’s safety and clar­i­fied the rules for our cit­i­zens so they do not un­in­ten­tion­ally break the law. Keep­ing our chil­dren as safe as pos­si­ble is a top pri­or­ity and I am proud of all the work that went into SB 25 be­com­ing law.”

Se­nate Bill 25 re­verses the lan­guage in House Bill 978, passed dur­ing the 2018 Leg­isla­tive Ses­sion, and mir­rors the law that has been in place since 1954.

This leg­is­la­tion be­com­ing law makes it clear that the pres­ence of only a turn lane does not al­low pass­ing a stopped school bus.

It is now law that the pres­ence of a grass me­dian, un­paved area or phys­i­cal bar­rier is the only law­ful con­di­tion when a ve­hi­cle can pass a stopped school bus on the other side of the road.

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State Sen. Bill Heath (R-Bre­men) shook hands with Gov. Brian Kemp fol­low­ing the pas­sage and sign­ing of SB 25 on Fri­day, Feb. 15.

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