DeKalb School Watch blog readers are an important support system to help shape public opinion on the cell-towers-on-public-school-property issue. Here is the latest information regarding upcoming legislation:
First. State Representative Karla Drenner’s House Bill 1128 will be presented at Noon Monday, February 27, 2012 by the Environmental Committee. Here is the text in PDF form: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20112012/122316.pdf.
WHAT: Environmental Committee Presentation of HB1128 to the Local Delegation
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 27, 12:00 Noon
WHERE: Room 415 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building, across the street from the Georgia State Capitol.
CALL TO ACTION: Contact your state representatives to ask they support this bill and place it on the priority list to make the agenda this week!
As many people as possible must attend this hearing! Please call your friends and neighbors and ask them to attend this hearing. Their support for this legislation is critical!
House Bill 1128, which keeps cell towers off school grounds, also is retroactive! Please call or email your state representative TODAY to show your support and ask that House Bill 1121 be considered a priority for the agenda this week. If House Bill 1121 is not on this week’s agenda, it will be another YEAR before it can come up before the full delegation for a vote!
More information on HB 1128 is posted here:
Second. Sen. Jason Carter has legislation to address the zoning loophole being exploited by the DeKalb County School Board and T-Mobile. Sen. Carter needs Republican support to get it on the agenda Monday. He needs a co-sponsor from the other Republican side. Please call and/or e-mail Sen Fran Millar (R) and ask him to support this bill as a co-sponsor: firstname.lastname@example.org (404) 463-2260
Sen. Millar has already stated he is against cell towers on school grounds, so he is the best candidate for a co-sponsor that we are aware of at this time.
WHAT: Town Hall Meeting on Cell Tower Issue by Rep. Karla Drenner and Sen. Jason Carter
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 — 6:30pm-8:30pm
WHERE: Knollwood Elementary School, 3039 Santa Monica Drive, Decatur, GA 30032
Re-cap. Rep. Drenner is sponsoring House Bill 1128 to ban cell towers on school grounds because of concerns about radiation safety. Sen. Carter is working on zoning legislation in the Georgia Senate that would accomplish the same goal. So, we have two shots at stopping the current towers and protecting our schools for the future! Please get involved! These two pieces of legislation are currently written as RETRO-ACTIVE so they WILL help the current 9 schools!