2018 Legislative Update

By Friday, March 23, 2018, the General Assembly will have completed 38 days of the 40-day session. There are just two days left in this second leg of the 2017-2018 term. Georgia legislators meet Tuesday for Day 39 and Sine Die, the last day of the session, will fall on Thursday, March 29.
Trust Fund Honesty
 

HR 158, a resolution to restore honesty in the state’s management of important trust funds, passed the House last week, receiving a near-unanimous vote of 166-1. The bill has crossed over to the Senate and has been assigned to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Ensuring Safe, Secure Disposal and Storage of Coal Ash Waste
HB 879 – Thanks to the combined energy and voices of our partners, on Crossover Day.  HB 879 passed out of the House on a huge vote, 169 -3! Currently before the Senate Rules Committee.

HB 880 (also sponsored by Rep. Jones) Did not pass the House before Crossover Day.  

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Help protect our coast from offshore drilling! 
HR 1041 has been assigned to Rep. Parsons’ Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee. The committee held a hearing on offshore drilling on Wednesday, 3/14, but did not allow a vote on HR 1041.
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Updating Georgia’s Agricultural Water Monitoring
SB 451 was introduced to codify recommendations made in 2017 by the Governor’s Task Force on Agricultural Permitting Compliance. The bill passed the House today in amended form and will return to the Senate for agreement before it can become law.
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Legislation Addressing Solid Waste:
HB 385 – Sen. Burt Jones (R – District 25) is sponsoring SB 385. The bill this week passed out of the House Natural Resources after significant amendments.  SB 385 is in House Rules now awaiting a vote by the full House.
HB 792 – HB 792 reauthorizes the Hazardous Waste Trust Fund for one year. Also sponsored by Sen. Jones, the bill passed the Senate on Monday and goes back to the House for agreement before it can become law.
Let’s keep the momentum going!  Please contact your legislators today.