The Seventh Inning Stretch -- Georgia Trout Unlimited Legislative Update
Crossover Day passed on March 3rd. Any bills to be considered must now have passed at least one chamber. Any bills not passed are dead and will need to be reintroduced as new next January for the 2015-16 General Assembly. We are now at the Seventh Inning Stretch. The last day of the session, Day [ READ MORE... ]
Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to use. That’s how some Georgians may feel if Gov. Deal has his way in the General Assembly with SB 213, the cleverly named Flint River Drought Protection Act. It allows the State and select private partners to store water in underground aquifers to be [ READ MORE... ]
“Hunting and fishing are an indispensable social resource of tremendous national value… Of course, we [anglers and hunters] have always known this, but until recently we failed to tell the public.” ~ Aldo Leopold. What do you want to leave for future generations? At some time, we all consider [ READ MORE... ]
Are Those Banjos I Hear? 2014 Southeast Regional TU Meeting
Why, yes they are! It’s the Foxfire Boys and they’ll be picking and fiddling bluegrass music at the closing BBQ dinner hosted by the Georgia Council. Regional meetings are a great way to join fellow anglers from across the Southeast, make new friends, renew old friendships, get in some fishing and [ READ MORE... ]
Crazy Days Ahead | Georgia Trout Unlimited Legislative Update
Dates to watch: Yesterday, Friday, February 21st was Day 26. Monday, March 3rd is Crossover Day, Day 30. Crossover Day is the last day for legislation to pass the chamber in which it was introduced and transfer to the other chamber for consideration. Senate bills must pass the Senate, and House [ READ MORE... ]
Six Years Late and $10 Short – Kicking Trout License Plates Down the Road
That’s where Georgia House Motor Vehicles Chairman Rep. Tom Rice left Wildlife License Plates for trout, bobwhite quail and nongame species Wednesday afternoon. In a surprise move, the Chairman refused to allow a vote on Vice Chairman Rep. Bubber Epps’ HB 730 which would immediately waive the $25 [ READ MORE... ]
Why not clean-up 44 river miles in one day? Why not sweep clean the entire Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in one fell swoop? Why not have the largest river clean-up in Atlanta’s history? Why not? So we did!
Thank You for Keeping the Muck Out of My Trout Streams
Good News! SB 299 will be amended to protect streams through effective watershed protection planning. Thank you, Sen. Steve Gooch, for agreeing to amend SB 299 | Watershed protection Planning and responding to our requests. We previously blogged on SB 299 in Don't Muck Up My Trout Stream.
Double Your Money for Trout, Game and Wildlife Management
This is how the trout license plate should work. HB 730 lowers your fee for a trout license plate to $25 per year and waives the manufacturing fee. $19 of the first year fee and $20 or renewals would be sent to GA DNR for trout management. Now that’s a deal!
On Monday, February 10th, the Georgia General Assembly will be at Day 20, half way through this year’s forty day session. Keep a watch on Day 30—or Crossover Day. It holds significance for several reasons. Crossover Day is the last day for legislation to pass the chamber in which it was introduced [ READ MORE... ]