Although President Barack Obama recently signed a law to roll back some rate increases meant to shore up the troubled National Flood Insurance Program, thousands of Georgia homeowners can count on paying increasing flood insurance premiums each year--though perhaps less than they originally feared.
On Tuesday, Republican members of the state House maneuvered to change a minor gun bill allowing judges to carry firearms to include the provisions of the a more sweep second amendment measure.The newly-transformed bill would allow licensed gun-owners to take firearms into bars, schools and churches with some restrictions.
A bill under consideration by state lawmakers would prevent farmers from withdrawing some water from the Flint River basin during severe drought. Opponents say the bill would permit government overreach, and threaten individual property rights. But the bill’s supporters say it would be in effect during extreme weather conditions only, and would pertain only to water from augmented stream flows.
A new report on the nation’s most-threatened rivers includes Georgia’s Flint River, calling it the No. 2-most-in-peril river in the nation behind the Colorado River. The Flint Riverkeeper explains why the river is at risk of drying up completely.
A day after the General Assembly adjourned for the session, water watchdogs are celebrating the failure of a bill that could have barred property owners from irrigating on their own land. The bill would have given the state the power to implement water augmentation program to increase the flow of the river, but would block those down river from the project from accessing the water.