LEGISLATIVE NEWS

 

State House of Georgia Candidate Forum

Please mark your calendar for September 17, 2018, when the PTSA's of Walton High School and Dickerson Middle School will be holding a joint candidate forum for the State House of Georgia seats for Districts 43 and 45. The forum will take place at 6:30pm at the Dickerson Middle School Auditorium. If you would like to submit a question for the candidates to answer at the forum, please email Dickerson PTSA Legislative Chair Amanda Moulthrop with your question.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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