ATLANTA — The Senate has approved legislation that would allow billboard owners to clear-cut trees blocking motorists from seeing their signs and strengthens the penalties on obscene advertisements.
The measure passed 37-19 on Tuesday. The proposal must now be approved by the House.
The battle pitting billboards against trees is a perennial one at the state Capitol. At issue during the nearly two hours of debate before Tuesday's vote were preserving the state's beauty, helping businesses protect their investments and protecting children on Georgia roadways from seeing obscene images.
Billboard owners can currently remove some trees, including hardwood trees with trunks that are under eight inches in diameter from state-owned property.