Legislation Assigned to the House Natural Resources & Environment Committee (11)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 5/10/2019

HB 0168 NeutralUpper Oconee Basin Water Authority; abolish Upper Oconee Resource Management Commission Regina Quick
7/1/2017 Effective Date Natural Resources & Environment State and Local Governmental Operations -
Local Legislation Nat. Res. & the Environment Water Quantity
HB 0332 SupportGeorgia Outdoor Stewardship Act Sam Watson
7/1/2019 Effective Date Natural Resources & Environment Appropriations -
2017/02/17-Report 2018/02/23 Report 2018/03/2 Report 2018/03/23 Report 2018/03/30 Report
Kathleen Bowen Land Conservation Nat. Res. & the Environment Revenue & Finance

This bill creates the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship program. The intent of this legislation is to provide dedicated funding for state parks and state wildlife management areas as well as support to local parks and trails. Forty percent of the proceeds of all state sales tax from outdoor recreation items would be appropriated for the protection and preservation of conservation land. The General Assembly has the ability to increase this amount up to the 80%. 

Counties would be eligible to apply for grants and loans from this newly created trust fund. A Board of Trustees of the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund is created to oversee the grant/loan applications. The composition of the board could include representatives from local government.

In addition, each county in which is located 20,000 acres or more of unimproved real property belonging to the state and under the custody or control of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA DNR), in which such state-owned property exceeds 10 percent of the taxable real property in the county, and in which such property represents 10 percent or more of the assessed tax digest of the county may receive from the GA DNR an annual grant. Only land acquired with Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund money would be used in the calculation of this grant. 

The bill is contingent upon a proposed constitutional amendment, found in HR 238, which would be placed on the ballot for the November, 2018 state-wide general election.

Additional Information:  https://georgiaoutdoorstewardship.org/ 

HB 0387 NeutralSolid Waste Management - Coal Ash (Utilities) Jeff Jones
2/17/2017 House Second Readers Natural Resources & Environment --
Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Solid Waste Water Quality
This legislation addresses the disposal of coal combustion residuals (coal ash) and requires certain electric utilities and power producers to convert to dry storage.
HB 0388 EvaluatingSolid Waste Management - Coal Ash (Landfills) Jeff Jones
2/17/2017 House Second Readers Natural Resources & Environment --
2017/02/17-Report Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Solid Waste
This legislation addresses the disposal of coal combustion residuals (coal ash) in landfills. Landfill owners would be required to create a managment plan if they receive or are planning to receive coal ash. In addition, landfill owners would be required to notify the local governing authorities of the county, and any city within the county in which the landfill is located, upon the initial submission of a said plan or upon submission of an amended plan.  
HB 0512 OpposeStorm Water Utility Fees - Water Neutral Properties Regina Quick
3/1/2017 House Second Readers Natural Resources & Environment --
Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons Health and Human Services Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Revenue & Finance
Stormwater Water Quality
This legislation prohibits counties and cities from assessing stormwater utility fees on properties certified as a water-neutral site by a professional engineer. The property owner would be responsible for submitting the proof of certification. 
HB 0516 NeutralIncrease in "Live-Aboard" Days on Vessels from 90 to 120 Days Jason Spencer
3/3/2017 House Second Readers Natural Resources & Environment --
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Tourism
This legislation amends the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act of 1970 by increasing the days one could live aboard a vessel from 90 days to 120 days during any calendar year. 
HR 0513 NeutralHouse Study Committee on Coal Ash William Werkheiser
3/13/2017 House Second Readers Natural Resources & Environment --
Air Quality Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Water Quality
This legislation creates the House Study Committee on Coal Ash. 
HR 0514 NeutralHouse Study Committee on Water Desalination Keisha Waites
3/13/2017 House Second Readers Natural Resources & Environment --
Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Water Quality Water Quantity
This legislation creates the House Study Committee on Water Desalination. 
HR 0643 NeutralSpaceport: Economic and Natural Resources Impact Study David Knight
3/22/2017 House Second Readers Natural Resources & Environment --
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Tourism
This legislation recognizes the need to study the impact of a commercial spaceport on Coastal Georgia's economy and natural resources.
SR 0152 NeutralJoint Study Committee on Stream Buffers Frank Ginn
3/16/2017 House Passed/Adopted Natural Resources & Environment Natural Resources and the Environment -
2017/02/03-Report 2017/03/06 - Report 2017/03/10 - Report 2017/03/17 - Report Kathleen Bowen
Nat. Res. & the Environment Water Quality
This legislation creates a Joint Study Committee on Stream Buffers in Georgia.
SR 0224 SupportJoint Study Committee on Stormwater Management Fees Frank Ginn
3/16/2017 House Passed/Adopted Natural Resources & Environment Regulated Industries and Utilities -
2017/02/17-Report 2017/03/06 - Report 2017/03/10 - Report 2017/03/17 - Report Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons
Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Revenue & Finance Stormwater Water Quality
Water Quantity

This legislation creates the Joint Study Committee on Stormwater Management Fees. Local governments would have representation on the study committee that would be tasked with reviewing the existing data and current practices relating to storm-water management fees.

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