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{Report} 6th annual Legislative Summit at SouthFace
Source: GA Sierra Club

Posted: Monday, January 3, 2011
The GA Conservation Voters sponsored a 6th annual Legislative Summit on Nov 18. Selected priorities include those for the environmental community, the energy coalition, and the GA Chapter RAIL campaign.
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  The GA Conservation Voters sponsored a 6th annual Legislative Summit on November 18, 2010 at SouthFace. The environmental community priorities selected for the 2011 session were:
  • passing legislation regulating interbasin transfers of water including codification of the criteria in the state water plan
  • legislation allowing transferability of state tax credits for land preservation/easements
  • opposition to rollbacks such as:
    • repeal of the ban on yard trimmings in lined landfills aka more landfills for Georgia
    • legislation making it impossible to win appeals of environmental permits such as SB 486, SB 229
    • legislation or funding making reservoir construction easier, see Gov. elect Nathan Deal’s candidate statements
    • development authority secrecy, HB 218, see Nathan Deal’s candidate statements

The energy coalition has several members have decided on a legislative priority:

  • legislation providing EMC member rights including access to records and meetings

The Georgia Chapter RAIL campaign has several legislative goals. The most likely to get traction in 2011 is the legislation allowing Clayton County a binding referendum on joining MARTA.

RAIL Legislative session goals:

  • Support revision of HB 277 to make existing MARTA operations eligible for transportation district funding
  • Support legislative action to extend the deadline for holding a binding MARTA referendum in Clayton County
  • Support legislative action dedicating to fourth penny of the gasoline sales tax to transit funding
  • Support permanent elimination of the rule requiring MARTA spend 50% of sales tax revenues on capital projects.
  • Monitor and evaluate regional transit governance legislation
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