Senate gives final approval to cell tower bill

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The state Senate gave final passage Tuesday to legislation that sets the rules for local governments to grant permits for the location of cellular telephone towers.

Senators voted 48-1 to adopt HB 176, which had already passed the House of Represenatives.

The bill now goes to Gov. Nathan Deal for his expected signature.

“This is a collaboration over 18 months between local municipalities and counties to bring more predictability to the cell tower process,” Sen. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville) said. “It is good for business and good for our communities.”

Local governments and the major telecommunications carriers were in conflict last year over the parameters of HB 176, but the two sides generally agreed to the version that passed the Legislature this year.

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