Few Penalties For Chicken Plants Polluting Lake Lanier Tributary
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HB 444 Blocks Plastic Bag Bans, Removes Local Control
Last week, a bill prohibiting cities and counties from enacting bans on plastic bags passed the Georgia Senate. Monday, HB 444 was heard in the House Agriculture Committee where more than 20 individuals from around the state testified against the bill, calling it a serious incursion on local government authority. Despite the strong testimony (and the intimidating presence of the Plastic Bag Monster), the committee passed the bill with only one NO vote from Representative Scot Turner- thanks Rep Turner!
As the bill makes its way to the House floor for a final vote, please call your representative and ask them to vote NO on HB 444. Don’t know who your representative is? We can help. You can also visit Environment Georgia’s website to send a letter to your representative.
Soil and Water Regulations Threatened
The House Agricultural Committee also passed HB 397, a bill that changes the way the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission operates. The commission provides information, oversight, and assistance to a variety of entities throughout the state to maintain and conserve soil and water quality.
The bill would remove the ultimate authority for approving the manual for erosion and sediment control in Georgia, known as the Green Book, from the Commission and places it under a group comprised of individuals from GA DOT contractors- demonstrating a clear conflict of interest as these entities are frequent violators of erosion and sedimentation regulations.
In his testimony, Riverkeeper Jason Ulseth advocated that oversight instead be placed with the Stakeholder Advisory Board as currently referenced in the Erosion and Sediment Control Act, arguing that the Stakeholder Advisory Board is more representative of the state as a whole.
Contact your representative to vote NO on HB 397.
We are at the state Capitol today talking to legislators about HB 397, a dirty water bill that would restructure... http://t.co/Rv5OZp43A1