ATLANTA (AP) - Lawmakers have given final passage to a bill allowing Georgians to dump lawn clippings into landfills.
The measure - which passed 118-48 Thursday night - also renews a $1 tire cleanup fee for three more years. But it doesn't require that the fee be spent on tire cleanup. The money instead goes to the general fund.
Environmentalists say that allowing lawn clippings in landfills will discourage composting. But state Rep. Randy Nix, a LaGrange Republican, argued the change will help the composting industry by encouraging renewable energy from landfills.
State Rep. Mark Hatfield, a Waycross Republican, took issue with the tire fee, labeling it a tax.
The bill now heads to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.
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