Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed his first bill into law today, and it was one that the Georgia state legislature voted in favor of unanimously.
The bill, known as Senate Bill 25, fixes an error in a law passed last year that made it appear as though motorists were no longer required to stop for school buses if they were in the oncoming lane.
The bill raised red flags among educators last year and lawmakers promised a fix during this year’s legislative session.
The new bill specifies that drivers must stop for school buses in the oncoming lane unless the roadway is “separated by a grass median, unpaved area, or physical barrier.”
The new law goes into effect immediately.
“First of all, I want to thank House and Senate leadership – and all members of the General Assembly – for their unanimous support of this important legislation,” said Kemp. “Republicans and Democrats all recognized that swift action was needed on this issue. When it came to ensuring the safety of our families and our children, I am proud to say that we all stood together. I would also like to thank the two bill sponsors, Senator Bill Heath and Representative Ginny Ehrhart, for their hard work on S.B. 25.”