Legislation Assigned to the Senate Natural Resources and the Environment Committee (18)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 5/10/2019

HB 0183 SupportGeorgia Geospatial Advisory Council Robert Dickey
7/1/2017 Effective Date State Planning & Community Affairs Natural Resources and the Environment -
2017/02/10 - Report 2017/02/17-Report 2017/03/06 - Report 2017/03/17 - Report General County Government
Nat. Res. & the Environment Todd Edwards
This legislation transfers the Georgia Geospatial Advisory Council from the Department of Natural Resources to the Department of Community Affairs and removes the council's sunset. The Council makes recommendations on utilizing Georgia's geospatial capabilities to meet federal notification requirements, achieving governmental data interoperability and advancing geospatial technology among Georgia's state and local governments.    
HB 0665 NeutralNotices for Abandoned Vessels Eddie Lumsden
3/9/2018 Senate Read Second Time Natural Resources and Environment Natural Resources and the Environment -
Kathleen Bowen Law Enforcement Nat. Res. & the Environment
If an abandoned vessel is determined to be stolen, the local law enforcemnt officers or agency should notify only the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The bill removes the Georgia Crime Information Center from being an agency requiring such notification.
HB 0693 OpposeProhibits Liens on Property Where Solid Waste Fees Are Delinquent Brett Harrell
2/21/2018 Senate Read and Referred Ways and Means Natural Resources and the Environment -
2018/01/19 Report 2018/01/26 Report 2018/02/09 Report 2018/02/16 Report 2018/02/23 Report
Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Property Tax Revenue & Finance
Solid Waste
This legislation would repeal the state law that permits local governments to place liens on properties for unpaid trash fees without going to court first. Local governments would still have other collection options, including filing a claim in Magistrate Court; a judgment from Magistrate Court can still be filed as a lien against the property of the debtor. Because direct filing of trash liens provides another tool for local government collection of unpaid fees, ACCG opposes this legislation.

The House passed HB 693 on 2/20/18. Vote Tally Link 
HB 0785 NeutralSolid Waste Management: Converting Plastics to Fuel Randy Nix
7/1/2018 Effective Date Natural Resources and Environment Natural Resources and the Environment -
Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Solid Waste
This legislation defines the practice of converting waste plastics into fuel and clarifies that these type of operations wouldn’t be considered a waste handling or waste disposal facility.
HB 0792 SupportReauthorize Hazardous Waste Trust Fund / Increase in Landfill Host Fee Terry Rogers
6/30/2018 Effective Date Ways and Means Natural Resources and the Environment -
2018/02/02 Report 2018/02/09 Report 2018/02/16 Report 2018/03/16 Report 2018/03/23 Report
Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Revenue & Finance Solid Waste

This legislation renews the fees that make up the Hazardous Waste Trust Fund (HWTF) for one year, from July 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019. Most of the fees come from the state’s 75-cent per-ton tipping fee on solid waste going into Georgia’s landfills – a fee counties pay if they own/operate landfills. 

This legislation also includes language to increase the state’s minimum local solid waste cost reimbursement (host) fee from $1 to $2.50 per ton on waste going to privately owned landfills. The $1 minimum fee has been in existence since 1992 and for the past ten years, ACCG has included in our policy platform a request for the host fee to increase.  ACCG was supportive of the efforts led by Sen. Burt Jones to increase this fee. 

Details: 
  • Host fee minimum increases from $1 to $2.50 per ton but not effective until July 1, 2019. This increase only applies to a municipal solid waste disposal facility that is owned by a private entity. 
  • Coal ash minimum fee is $1 per ton until 2025 when it will then increase to the $2 per ton minimum fee.
  • Inert waste, construction and demolition waste minimum is $1 per ton.
  • All of these fees are the minimum, not the ceiling. Counties can negotiate host fees, other fees and charges above the minimum. No host fees are to be reduced if they are in existence on July 1, 2019.
  • 50% of the host fee collected shall be used for these purposes:
    • To offset the impact of the facility
    • Public education efforts 
    • Cost of solid waste management
    • Administration of the local/regional solid waste management plan
    • Repair of damage to roads and highways associated with the facility
    • Enhancement of litter control programs
    • Ground-water and air monitoring and protection
    • Remediation and monitoring of closed or abandoned facilities
    • Infrastructure improvements associated with the facility
    • Reserve fund allocation
    • Acquisition of property adjacent or in reasonable proximity to the facility to serve as beautification, environmental, buffering or recreational purposes
    • Fees not used for the above purposes (the remaining 50%) can be used for other governmental expenses.
 
HB 0879 NeutralSolid Waste Management - Coal Ash Ponds / Dewatering Process Jeff Jones
3/27/2018 Senate Tabled Natural Resources and Environment Natural Resources and the Environment -
2018/02/09 Report 2018/03/2 Report Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Water Quality
This legislation addresses coal combustion residuals (coal ash), specifically related to coal ash ponds and the dewatering process. The owner or operator of a coal ash pond would be required to provide notice to the legal organ where the coal ash pond is located at the start of the dewatering process. Dewatering is defined in this bill as the process of removing liquids from a coal ash pond and discharging said liquids into state waters. 
HB 0885 NeutralBurn Ban - Revisions for Agriculture Use Tom McCall
7/1/2018 Effective Date Natural Resources and Environment Natural Resources and the Environment -
2018/03/2 Report Agriculture Air Quality Farm Kathleen Bowen
Nat. Res. & the Environment Preemption Public Safety and Courts
This legislation allows for the burn ban to not apply to those who would like to burn vegetative material for ag purposes on land greater than 5 acres. 
HR 0362 NeutralJoint Study Committee on Stream Buffers Lynn Smith
1/8/2018 Senate Recommitted Special Rules Natural Resources and the Environment -
2017/02/24 - Report 2017/03/06 - Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment
Water Quality
This legislation creates the Joint Study Committee on Stream Buffers in Georgia. An identical resolution, SR 152, passed the House and Senate during the 2017 legislative session.
SB 0065 SupportTire Disposal Restrictions and Fees Frank Ginn
1/8/2018 Senate Recommitted -Natural Resources and the Environment -
2017/01/27-Report 2017/02/03-Report Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment
Revenue & Finance Solid Waste
This legislation requires tire retailers to collect the full amount of the scrap tire fee regardless of whether the customer leaves a scrap tire. The intent of this bill is to remove the incentive for individuals to take tires and illegally dump them. This bill does not apply to purchasers who are local governments or public utilities.  
SB 0165 EvaluatingSolid Waste Management - Coal Ash (Liability) William Ligon
2/15/2017 Senate Read and Referred -Natural Resources and the Environment -
2017/02/17-Report Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Solid Waste Water Quality
This legislation imposes liability, in the event of a release, on any producer of coal ash who disposes of such coal ash in Georgia.
SB 0191 NeutralDesignating the Shoal Bass as the State Riverine Sport Fish Rick Jeffares
3/27/2018 House Postponed Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications Natural Resources and the Environment -
2017/03/06 - Report Eminent Domain/Condemnation Kathleen Bowen Land Use/Zoning Nat. Res. & the Environment
Water Quality
This legislation designates the shoal bass as the official Georgia state native riverine sport fish.
SB 0340 EvaluatingAir Quality - Carbon Emissions Standards Nan Orrock
1/22/2018 Senate Read and Referred -Natural Resources and the Environment -
Air Quality Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment
This legislation instructs the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to adopot rules and regulations to implement certain carbon emissions standards.
SB 0385 NeutralChief Medical Examiner: Burial Authority Burt Jones
5/3/2018 Act 358 Natural Resources and Environment Natural Resources and the Environment -
2018/02/09 Report 2018/02/16 Report 2018/03/2 Report 2018/03/23 Report Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons
Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Revenue & Finance Solid Waste

During the House Rules meeting on 3.27.18, a substitute was offered that removes the private landfill host fee bill and in its place is a bill relating to the chief medical examiner and his/her authority to inter remains (bury) and disinter remains (remove a body from a grave).

The original intent of SB 385 increases the state’s minimum local solid waste cost reimbursement (host) fee on waste going into landfills owned by private entities.  The $1 minimum fee has been in existence since 1992.

Talking points advocating for the increase of private landfill host fees can be found hereSimilar host fee language has been added to HB 792

SB 0404 NeutralWater Service Fees For Fire Sprinkler Systems Matt Brass
5/3/2018 Act 400 Governmental Affairs Natural Resources and the Environment -
2018/02/09 Report 2018/02/23 Report 2018/03/09 Report 2018/03/16 Report 2018/03/2 Report
Code Enforcement Fire Services Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add Ons General County Government Health and Human Services
Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Public Safety and Courts Revenue & Finance Utilities
This legislation states that no county, municipal, or other public water system shall charge or assess a separate fee for water service for fire sprinkler protection systems for more than the cost to provide such service.   
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 0706 NeutralOpposition to Oil Exploration and Drilling Off GA Coast Lester Jackson
2/6/2018 Senate Read and Referred -Natural Resources and the Environment -
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment
This resolution voices opposition to oil exploration and drilling activities off the Georgia coast. 
SR 0778 NeutralUrging Congress to Support America's National Park System Steve Gooch
3/27/2018 Senate Passed/Adopted -Natural Resources and the Environment -
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Roads Utilities
This resolution urges the United States Congress to create a reliable, predictable stream of resources to address deferred maintenance needs in America's National Park System. 
SR 0845 NeutralExpressing Opposition to Oil Exploration and Drilling Off GA Coast Lester Jackson
2/21/2018 Senate Read and Referred -Natural Resources and the Environment -
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development Kathleen Bowen Nat. Res. & the Environment Tourism
Water Quality
This resolution voices opposition to oil exploration and drilling activities off the Georgia coast. 
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