Albritton Report: ATV safety focus of Bill 2196

Published 2:21 am Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Senate agreed with the House on changes to Senate Bill 2196 that will cause riders of ATVs who are 16 and under to wear helmets while on public rights of way.

It is thought that the bill could save many lives and prevent injuries since the majority of accidents reported involve minors.

The Senate amended and passed House bill 1463 to issue bonds for the construction of a civil rights museum and a state history museum.

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The bonds would finance $30 million in construction costs. A $15 million match from the private sector will still be required.

House changes Senate Bill 2914 were agreed to. The bill will prohibit restaurants from misrepresenting the origin of crawfish and shrimp. Some of these bills will go to the Governor for his possible approval.

The Senate remains in conference on several other bills including:

— Senate Bill 2490 that provides a procedure to follow when the only candidate for a judicial office dies resigns or disqualified.

— Senate Bill 2913, a budget transfer bill.

— Senate Bill 2838, a bill that would allow county supervisors to bury dead poultry in emergency situations.

— Senate Bill 2557, a bill that would establish a program allowing high school students who will not pursue a bachelors degree to graduate with a diploma and credits toward community college certification in a vocational-technical course of study.

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