The Georgia Legislature is preparing to open its 2009 session on Monday. There are serious challenges facing the Legislature and the most pressing revolve around money, or the lack of money. The state is facing a $2.5 billion shortfall.
Our lobbyist Neill Herring and Legislative Chair Mark Woodall are gearing up to work on our legislative priorities but they need our help. If you can be involved as a citizen lobbyist, please contact Mark Woodall at email@example.com.
2009 Legislative Priorities:
- Accept No Rollbacks
We will defend current laws that protect our natural resources (such as the moratorium on aquifer storage and recovery) and work to minimize budget cuts for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, especially the Environmental Protection Division.
- Fund Public Transportation and Rail for a Brighter Economic Future
To address Georgia's transportation problem and offer convenient and safe alternatives to car travel, the General Assembly must pass measures to expand the state’s investment in public transportation.
- Utilize Efficiency to Make Water Resources Go Farther and Do More
In response to challenges facing Georgia's water supply, legislators must champion the fastest, least expensive solutions that will ensure clean water for all.
- Make Our Highways Safe and More Scenic
Billboards threaten health, safety and scenic beauty along Georgia highways. The General Assembly should make highways safer and more scenic by ensuring responsible management of rights of way.
- Create a Climate Action Plan
Climate change will likely affect our economy through rising shoreline levels and resulting damage to coastal development, disruption of growing seasons for agriculture and forestry, and reduced tourist trade. We urge the General Assembly to create a plan to address climate change.