GA Passes Billboard Bill

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

A committee passed the bill unanimously earlier this week and a vote on the Senate floor is expected next week.

The current law said billboard owners can cut down smaller trees but not the larger ones. Some argue that the cutting of trees can take away from the scenery of a place while others say they understand why it would be done.

"Thomasville has always had that historic feel even without certain scenery ... so whether you get rid of certain trees anything really Thomasville will be the same," said Thomasville Resident Kesha Brown.

The bill has already passed the house.

The bill allows billboard owners to clear or cut state-owned trees from in front of their signs for better visibility.

Similar proposals have failed repeatedly in the House, but this year, the message of jobs seemed to be deeply rooted.

Residents against the bill argue that chopping down trees can take away from the historic scenery Thomasville has to offer.

"I drive alot around town and on the interstate personally I'd rather see trees and scenery and wildlife rather than advertisements every three or four miles," said Thomasville resident Eddie Caviness.

The bill will now advance to the state Senate for review.

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