Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Senate Bill 122, by Senator Jim Whitehead, passed the Senate today (42-11) with no amendments. This bill extends the $1 per new tire fee that funds the state's Solid Waste Trust Fund through June 30, 2008. Funds collected through this measure are used to clean up scrap tire piles and other litter sites throughout Georgia.
Originally established in 1992, the Solid Waste Trust Fund has collected money for the past several years and uses those funds to help clean up our state's environment. The fee, used to fund the Solid Waste Trust Fund, was established with a sunset provision to end on June 30, 2005. SB 122 extends this fund for an additional three years.
The $1 per new tire fee is a way that most citizens of Georgia can help fund the effort to clean up our environment. The Solid Waste Trust Fund has already made quite an impact by cleaning up millions of scrap tires and multiple trash sites around the state, and the Georgia Chamber would like to see this practice continue.
SB 122 now moves on to the Georgia House of Representatives. Watch for updates on www.gachamber.com as this bill moves forward.