Rep. Deffenbaugh: Georgia House Update

Sunday, March 24, 2013 - by Rep. John Deffenbaugh

Day 36 passed this last Friday with just three more days in this session of the Georgia House.  This week a lot of bills passed out of Senate Committees and were sent to the House for consideration.   

SB136 improves safety on our lakes and rivers.  BUI (boating under the influence) is lowered from .1 BAC to .08 BAC.  The U.S. Coast Guard estimates that alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the boating fatalities each year.  There are several other issues, such as restricting the age limits for driving a certain size boat, increased age requirements for wearing life jackets, and additional penalties that can be levied by the courts for violations. 

SB101 Public Safety & Homeland Security (Gun Bill) passed the House with changes made to the HB512.  The legislation includes prohibition of the creation of a data base of information regarding persons issued carry licenses. 

If you have any questions about these or any other bills, please contact me. 

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Representative in Atlanta. 

John Deffenbaugh
District 1 Georgia State
Representative



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