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[1THING] Blog: Archive for the ‘Legislation’ Category

[ MARTA Expansion Passes ]

Voters approved a half-penny sales tax that will last 40 years to fund the expansion of MARTA and the Beltline.

Click here for more.

[ Trial Begins on Florida v Georgia Water Dispute ]

In October 2013, the United States Supreme Court granted permission for Florida to sue Georgia for “equitable apportionment” of the resources from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, which runs between Georgia and Florida and along the Alabama state line. The trial was slated to begin October 31, and expected to last 4-6 weeks. Read more about the arguments here!

 

http://growinggeorgia.com/features/2016/10/supreme-court-review-florida-vs-georgia-water-dispute/

http://www.atlantaregional.com/environment/tri-state-water-wars/acf-supreme-court

https://www.supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?filename=/docketfiles/22o142.htm

[ MARTA Expansion Funding Bill Before State Senate ]

Senate Bill 330, introduced by Senator Brandon Beach (R-21) last week, would allow for Fulton and Dekalb counties to collect an additional 1/2 cent sales tax to expand public transportation with within their jurisdictions. The counties of Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton currently collect a 1 cent sales tax to fund MARTA operating costs.  Dekalb and Fulton voters can expect to see the referendum on the ballot in November 2016 or 2017.

Read more about the proposed bill at ajc.com.

http://commuting.blog.ajc.com/2016/02/04/lawmaker-files-substitute-marta-bill/

[ Georgia House Considers Green Issues on 2016 Legislative Calendar ]

One bill currently before the Georgia House proposes to increase funding for conservation of priority lands, stewardship of state parks and wildlife as well as supporting local parks and preserves.  Rep. Jon Burns (R-159) of the Georgia State House of Representatives seeks to change that with House Resolution 907, to support Georgia Legacy, a coalition comprised of The Georgia Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, Georgia Wildlife Federation, The Conservation Fund and Park Pride.

Georgia currently lacks dedicated funding conservation, but HB 693 would establish the Georgia Legacy Trust Fund, creating a sustainable source of funding for land and water conservation.  If passed, 75% of all tax revenue collected annually from the sale of outdoor recreation equipment would be dedicated for the purpose of the protection and preservation of conservation land.

Georgia Legacy would:

  • Provide for the acquisition of critical areas for the provision or protection of clean water, game, wildlife, or fisheries, or natural-resource-based outdoor recreation.
  • Aid local governments in the acquisition and improvement of local parks and trails.
  • Provide for the stewardship of conservation lands through maintenance and restoration projects.

 

Look for a ballot initiative in the Fall election cycle!

To read more about current legislation concerning the environment and sustainablity, visit The Georgia Conservancy’s advocacy page:

http://www.georgiaconservancy.org/advocacy/2016