8:04 am February 24, 2011, by Henry Unger
An intense political war returns to the state legislature Thursday — the one between billboards and trees, writes AJC reporter Ariel Hart.
Under House Bill 179, billboard owners could clear-cut state-owned trees from in front of their signs, so that drivers can better see the advertisements, Hart reports.
It’s a colorful war, Hart says. Ladies in green jackets and scarves – the signature attire of the Garden Club of Georgia — have swarmed the legislative committee hearings, arguing the bill will leave swaths of highway bereft of oaks, sycamores and other trees that now are protected.
Heavy-hitter lobbyists swarmed back, responding that jobs and hard-earned profits are at stake, Hart reports.
Which side are you on? Why?
Should the trees stay up?
Should sign owners just raise the signs?
Will jobs be jeopardized?
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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