UPDATE: Controversial Georgia State Bill Targeting Truckers Is Withdrawn
Atlanta, Georgia – In response to immediate and growing outrage from the trucking community, the author of a controversial bill targeting truckers withdrew it on Friday.
Less than 36 hours after filing new proposed legislation that would have prohibited semi-trucks from operating on Georgia state highways when not “engaging in the pickup or delivery of persons or property or traveling to or from such pickup or delivery,” the author of Senate Bill 23 withdrew the bill.
In a post on her Facebook page on Friday, Georgia State Senator Donzella James confirmed she was withdrawing the legislation. However, the Senator said she was doing so because “we have another way to address the problem which will not require any legislation.”
Senator James did not elaborate on her new plan. However, it’s clear from her now withdrawn piece of legislation that she doesn’t think too highly of truckers. SB 23 would have made it a misdemeanor for truckers to be traveling on Georgia state highways in a semi-truck when not officially on-duty.
A violation would have resulted in up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. We’ve reached out to Senator James’ office for additional information and will keep you posted.
Click HERE to read Transportation Nation Network’s original report outlining the full contents of the now withdrawn legislation.