I will mention some legislatures limit how many bills each lawmaker can file.
And NB, “new state & local laws” might be small amendments to code, big [...]
Developed in the 1940s and abandoned in 1999, this abandoned gas station at 890 Columbia Dr. in Decatur is going to be the target of an $200,000 petroleum cleanup funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the agency announced this week.
The grant recipient is the East Decatur Greenway.
“The site is contaminated [...]
Here’s a new graph to answer no questions about federal student loans awarded at Georgia schools in 2013. Instead, it’s meant to provoke them. Like, sorry I’m ignorant, but what is South University? And wow, there are more people going in hock for art school than for Georgia Tech.
Click on the graph for a [...]
Here are some excerpts of correspondence between the USDA and some of Georgia’s congressmen. My favorite one is about the Greek yogurt, but the others get more ink:
Re: Trade barriers to biotech crops
Letter of May 7, 2013, to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack & US Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis:
The U.S. Department [...]
The state Legislature uses mountains of paper every day. Multiply that by 40 days and that’s a lot of paper. What’s on those pages?
Click the graphic for a bigger and printable version. It’s 8.5 x 11.
The graphic above updates a typo and correctly gives the count [...]
Need or want to learn what Georgia government does?
State government probably has more to do with your day-to-day life than the federal government.
So here’s a 40,000-foot-view of what your state government does, translated & interpreted from jargon to English.
Click on it to zoom in.
Yes, it’s hard to read on the screen [...]
In case you didn’t know, controlled forest burns are awesome, and they’re proving it yearly in a longleaf pine forest in Talbot County.
From the Georgia Environmental Protection Division announcement:
The Georgia General Assembly has appropriated $500,000 in State Fiscal Year 2014 Funds for Regional Water Planning, $150,000 of which is being made available for competitive grants. These “Regional Water Plan Seed Grants” are being provided to support and incentivize local governments and [...]
Don’t move ash firewood! It might carry hungry Asian predators ready to eat your ash trees.
Well, that’s the message from DNR, DeKalb County, the Invasive Species Task Force, et al: the Emerald Ash Borer has arrived in Georgia. (If you buy firewood, burn it where you buy it)
The ash tree-destroying pest has [...]
“Some fish in the Savannah River below Augusta contain the radioactive elements cesium-137 and strontium-90. Exposure to large amounts of these elements may increase the risk of developing cancer.”
- Georgia lawmakers write 5k bills, mostly honors
- Abandoned Decatur gas station gets $200k for cleanup
- The curious graph of federal student loans at Georgia schools
- Letters between the USDA and Georgia congressmen address biotech, trade, Greek yogurt
- Legislature honors 3.3k people, passes 831 laws, trashes 1.5k bills