There are a lot of important things we do at the Capitol that fly under the radar. That was the case this week as we passed a few bills dealing with crucial but not headline grabbing legislation. One such bill was House Bill 38 which would distinguish a three-wheeled vehicle that is controlled by a steering wheel, like a Polaris Slingshot, from a motorcycle which is controlled by handlebars. This bill would also update licensing requirements for drivers of three-wheeled motor vehicles. In accordance with federal safety standards, three-wheeled motor vehicles equipped with steering wheels qualify as automobiles, but current Georgia law considers all three-wheeled vehicles as motorcycles. HB 38 would require drivers of these three-wheeled automobiles with steering wheels to obtain Class C commercial driver’s licenses rather than Class M motorcycle licenses. This bill ensures that Georgia’s drivers are equipped with the proper licenses needed to operate their vehicles, ultimately making our roadways safer for all drivers, and I look forward to seeing this legislation make its way through the Senate.
As I mentioned previously, I've been appointed to lead the Code Revision Committee. Our job is to seek out unconstitutional and obsolete parts of the Official Code of Georgia. I produced a short video asking members of the public to use their expertise and help us find obsolete and outdated laws. I hope you'll help in this effort.
We'll be back in session Tuesday and meet through Friday. As always, you can watch the sessions live and all House committee meetings.
As I did during last session, I record a quick video update each day we are in Session, You can join us live on my Facebook page. Here are last week's videos: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Wednesday students from many of Georgia's colleges came to the Capitol. I was able to speak with a good friend of mine.
As always, you can contact me at my Capitol office at 404-656-0188 or via email. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or via my website.
I look forward to serving you in the Legislature for the next two years. As I tell people, I get to wake up everyday and try to make Georgia a better place. It's a great job and I'm grateful you folks trust me to represent our community.