Deal signs cell tower, work-based learning bills

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Gov. Nathan Deal signed off Monday on a bill, HB 176, that sets the regulatory parameters for negotiations between cellular telephone companies and local governments over the locations of cell towers.

The bill passed the General Assembly with ease this year after the telecom firms hashed out the details of the measure with organizations representing local governments, the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA).

Deal’s signing of HB 176 was lauded by the state’s leading business organization, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

“The Georgia Chamber thanks Governor Deal and members of the General Assembly for recognizing that Georgia’s growing economy requires access to high quality wireless and broadband infrastructure,” Georgia Chamber President Chris Clark said.

HB 176 “will improve wireless access for communities across the state, especially in rural Georgia, improving quality of life for area residents and attracting new business,” Clark said.

Deal also signed HB 766, a bill whose aim is to increase the number of students enrolled in work-based learning programs in local school systems.

A similar bill, SB 329, was introduced in the Senate by Sen. John Wilkinson (R-Toccoa).

“These types of programs give students the opportunity to earn dual credit before graduating from high school, making their transition to a post-secondary smoother and their likelihood of obtaining a degree greater,” Deal said.

© 2014 by The Georgia Report

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Tags: ACCG , cellular telephone firms , GMA , local governments , Nathan Deal , work-based learning programs