Capitol Castings | What’s in Your Wallet?

Georgia Capitol

Georgia Capitol

The good news is that the hatcheries are not on the chopping block this year and cutbacks are not as deep as in recent years.

Money dominated the Georgia General Assembly’s schedule in the form of budget negotiations. Everyone has their heads buried in the budget. Remember that this week is early in the appropriations process and early in the session. So, it is wise to keep in mind that proposed budget may resemble but will not be the same as the one to be passed later in the session. We’ll keep you informed on changes that may affect cold, clean, fishable water. The bills filed count is the same as last week with 110 House Bills and 48 House Resolutions along with 49 Bills and 27 Resolutions from the Senate filed. See last week’s blog, Capital Castings | Convening, for more budget info.

Natural Resources is an important committee to Trout Unlimited. Is your Senator or Representative a member of this key committees? Click on the links below to see what legislation is assigned to the committee or to reach your Senator or Representative.

House Natural Resources Committee Members
Smith, Lynn (R-Newnan) Chairman
Harden, Buddy  (R-Cordele)  Vice-Chairman
Geisinger, Harry  (R-Roswell) Secretary
Buckner, Debbie  (D-Junction City)
Clark, Josh  (R-Buford)
Coleman, Brooks  (R-Duluth)
Drenner, Karla  (D-Avondale Estates)
Dutton, Delvis  (R-Glennville)
England, Terry  (R-Auburn)
Epps, Bubber  (R-Dry Branch)
Fullerton, Carol  (D-Albany)
Gardner, Pat  (D-Atlanta)
Gasaway, Dan  (R-Homer)
McCall, Tom  (R-Elberton)
Morris, Greg  (R-Vidalia)
Nimmer, Chad  (R-Blackshear)
Nix, Randy  (R-LaGrange)
Riley, Lynne  (R-Johns Creek)
Smith, Richard H.  (R-Columbus)
Tankersley, Jan  (R-Brooklet)
Tanner, Kevin  (R-Dawsonville)
Thomas, Brian  (D-Lilburn)
Thomas, “Able” Mable  (D-Atlanta)
Wilkinson, Joe  (R-Atlanta)
Williams, Chuck  (R-Watkinsville)
Senate Natural Resources Committee Members
Tolleson, Ross (R-Perry) Chairman
Jeffares, Rick (R-Locust Grove) Vice-Chairman
Cowsert, Bill (R-Athens) Secretary
Ginn, Frank (R-Danielsville)
Gooch, Steve (R-Dahlonega)
Harper, Tyler (R-Ocilla) 
Henson, Steve (D-Tucker)
Hill, Jack (R-Reidsville)
Sims, Freddie Powell (D-Dawson)
Thompson, Curt (D-Tucker)
Williams, Tommie (R-Lyons)

The big news on the Peach State’s political front is that U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, citing frustration with the process in Washington, will not seek reelection in 2014. Georgia Trout Unlimited wishes him success in the balance of his term.

See you on the stream.

Kevin McGrath is Georgia Trout Unlimited’s Advocacy Chairman.


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