LEGISLATIVE NEWS 

Elections 

The Primary elections were held on May 24, 2018. For a complete listing of results from the Primary elections, click here. Runoff elections were held July 24, 2018. For Runoff election results, click here. General elections will be held November 6, 2018. To find out where to vote in General election, please click here.

 

Tuesday, October 9th is the deadline to register to vote in the November 6th general election. Click here to check your registration status, register to vote, find your polling place, and other useful election resources. With all 180 House of Representatives seats and 56 Senate seats up for election and the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, and state school superintendent also up for election, it is important to register and vote. The retirement of House Education Committee Chairman Brooks Coleman and the resignation of Senate Education and Youth Chairman Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta) as chairman of the committee marks this election as important in shaping the future landscape of education policy in Georgia. Make sure you register to vote!

 

Georgia PTA School Bus Resolution 

At their convention this summer, Georgia PTA members passed a resolution on Driving Around School Buses that specifically addresses a new definition of “divided highway” which passed in HB 978. The new definition of “divided highway” would possibly permit oncoming vehicles to continue travel if only a turn lane separates the lane the oncoming vehicle is in from the lane in which a school bus is stopped (see illustration). The resolution calls for the definition of “divided highway” to be returned to requiring an actual physical barrier be present before oncoming vehicles may continue travel past a stopped school bus. GA PTA feels the clear definition of “divided highway” which requires a physical barrier is safer for children who ride school buses. This resolution was passed unanimously by the members.  This means all Georgia PTA's and Georgia PTA members may advocate for this change in public meetings and official correspondence to elected officials and DOTs.

  

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