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.

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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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  • by different view Location: Tallahassee on May 20, 2011 at 02:33 PM
    Q: Why would spend $100,000 to build a billboard along the highway? A: To sell advertising and make money for their company, investors, and employees. Q: Why would a company spend thousands of dollars a month to advertise on that billboard? A: To bring customers into their store. Q: Why should YOU care if a company has customers? A: Customers spend money which is reinvested, used to buy products, secure existing jobs, create new jobs, and move America forward. No customers = dead business = no jobs. The only reason a company would advertise on a billboard is because it increases their business. Q: Do the trees in front of a billboard create jobs, put kids through college, pay taxes, or contribute to the growth of our nation in any way? A: No, but they look nicer than a billboard. Q: If you had to choose between securing/creating 1 good job (maybe your own?) or removing 1,000 trees which would you choose? A: If you picked "trees" you just don't understand economics. Don’t get me wrong — I really LIKE trees. But I’d be willing to chop down a million if it meant creating 100 more jobs in our state. Think about it.
  • by Jane Location: Tallahassee on Mar 7, 2011 at 06:49 AM
    Georgia seems to have more billboards than most states I have been in. Heading south on I-75 is a good example. Anything that exposes more ad space will only further denegrate the GA driving experience.
  • by Business Owner Location: Tallahaassee on Mar 6, 2011 at 09:25 PM
    Probably saplings and eyesores to clean up arround signs to look nicer and attract more customers to come into there stores and buy goods so that your the tree huggers family and friends can have a place to work and make our economy go forward. Think about how many signs there are, then how many trees there are. Do the math people, and think about it in reality, A tree is a tree, they are grafted and grown every day, sold by nurserys, home depot, etc... Those trees are being grown by people, to replace the ones taken down by the people WORKING for the sign company,who also employed WORKERS to make the sign, maintain the sign, sell advertising for the sign, replace the sign every 6 months, etc. So I think giving up those couple trees right around a sign is more then worth it, when there are more trees then us, easier to make then us, easier to maintain then us. Quit being a tree hugger, be a human hugger. I bet if all tree huggers look long enough,someone close to them works in the chain
  • by grannie Location: ga on Mar 6, 2011 at 05:16 PM
    that is nthe crazest thing i ever heard. bill boards make the hwys look cheap, we need the trees! plz do do it. or do we have any say so?????? we still have fools in the govermenti wonder who pd who a lot money or favors?????????
  • by vet Location: south ga on Mar 6, 2011 at 04:32 PM
    no trees need to be cut on state owned property just to satisfy billboard advertisers. This is just plan crazy we need to just remove and limit the size of billboards altogether
  • by dog Location: gone on Mar 6, 2011 at 11:56 AM
    Cut down BILLBOARDS not Trees.
  • by Village Girl Location: South GA on Feb 26, 2011 at 04:01 PM
    Well, sports fans, it is quite evident we did not get all the idiots out of the GA House.
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