Ga. law makes antifreeze 'bitter' to help pets

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate voted 43-4 Thursday in favor of legislation that would require antifreeze sold in Georgia to include an additive making it taste bitter to discourage accidental poisoning.

House Bill 40 is officially dubbed Chief’s Law after the name of a supporter of author Rep. Tommy Benton whose dog who fell victim to poisoning. It now heads back to the House which will have to give its agreement to a minor Senate amendment about labeling, then to the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.

“I’m pleased,” said Benton, R-Jefferson. “It had a small amendment. I had no problem with that.”

The Feb. 16 vote in the House of 121-23 was more contentious because some conservatives there argued it would have the government meddling in the affairs of businesses and would add costs to motorists to have a product with different ingredients than what is sold in other states. Supporters, though, are hoping that the addition of Georgia as one of the states requiring the bitter taste will convince the antifreeze makers to include it in what they sell in all states so there is only one formula nationwide.

 

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