Car owners will get their chance to speak out on the state’s newly proposed rules for personalized license plates. On Tuesday, the Department of Revenue will hold a public hearing after a lawsuit forced them to rewrite the regulations. The state is currently operating under emergency regulations for prestige plates. Last month, the state settled with First Amendment attorney Cynthia Counts after officials denied her client three different license plates with the word “gay” in them.
A coastal lawmaker says, Georgia is losing business from boaters who want to take up floating residences in the state. Woodbine Republican Jason Spencer introduced a bill in the state legislature to allow live-aboard boats. Georgia outlawed long-term boat stays 20 years ago out of concern for the human waste that some boaters dump in the water.
Georgia U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss are among Senate Republicans pushing for a one-year moratorium on new federal regulations. They say the new rules will stifle business. Environmentalists see the moratorium as another example of putting business interests before public health.