H.B. 160 passed in the House of Representatives 3-9-09
Rep. Jim Cole’s “super speeder” legislation passed in the Georgia House of Representatives. H.B. 160 would raise funds for the state’s trauma system with an additional fine of $200 for drivers who exceed 85 miles per hour or more on any road or highway or 75 miles per hour or more on any two-lane road or highway.
Will be heard in the Ways and Means committee and if approved may have a vote on the floor of the house this week.
Rep. Harry Geisinger’s H.B. 480 would establish a permanent funding mechanism for Georgia’s trauma care system. The bill would eliminate the annual sales and use (ad valorem or “birthday”) tax on vehicles beginning in January 2010. It would replace that tax with a one-time title fee on vehicles not to exceed $1,500 or seven percent of the vehicle’s value. Up to $150 million of the proceeds from this new fee would be used to fund the state’s trauma care system per year.