Rep. Jones honored to meet Ambassador Judith Varnai Shorer, Consul General of Israel at the Georgia General Assembly on Thursday, March 28. "I am proud to have voted YES on House Resolution 466 today, commending Israel, and condemning anti-Semitism in all forms. I stand with Israel."Read more
Lee Foskey picks wild oysters off the coast of McIntosh County. Credit: The Brunswick News
The Georgia Oyster Industry has spoken and now it is time for the Governor to VETO HB501, the bad Oyster Mariculture legislation. If the Governor allows this legislation to become law, it will hamper and stymie the growth of Georgia’s Oyster Mariculture industry – an industry that does not exist today. Industry producers and supporters strongly oppose HB501.
We have an opportunity to grow a small “wild oyster” industry into a multi-million-dollar “oyster mariculture” industry – but only if the Governor VETOs HB501, and then supports passing good, industry supported legislation such as HB565 in 2020.
Coastal Georgia trusts that Governor Kemp will keep his promise to "Put Georgians First"...
Sapelo Sea Farms - Townsend, GA 31331
Sapelo Sea Farms is the largest aquaculture clam farm in GA doing roughly 90% of all clam aquaculture along with some wild oyster harvest and other experimental work with shellfish.
"Sapelo Sea Farms does not support the current bills (HB501/SB182) under consideration. They do not take the industry to the level of production that is possible for GA to be a leader in oyster production, nor do the bills make shellfish any safer than they are now. The NSSP regulations along with the regulations and sanitation standards required by the Ag Dept. keep the public safety in the forefront..."
The Great Georgia Oyster Company - Macon, GA
The Great Georgia Oyster Company is a group of four veterans of three branches of the military. Joined together by the shared values that drove us to the service of our country, we were then brought together by our passion for veterans and for community, meeting in Middle Georgia through our volunteer work with small farms and agriculture nonprofits training and supporting veterans transitioning into second careers in agriculture.
"We bring opposition to HB501 and SB182 not because we oppose regulation and oversight of our industry. Quite the opposite is true. We know that the regulatory agencies are critical to the well-being of our customers and therefore the survival of our business and industry. But we want to have a bill that introduces the right kind of regulation, and establishes the right kind of relationship between regulators and industry, where we are all working together toward everyone's highest priority of product safety..."
*** Please encourage Governor Kemp to VETO HB501 call 800-436-7442 or Tweet @GovKemp #VetoOysterBill.***
Oyster Industry Producer Letters Opposing HB501/SB182
In the coming days, the Governor will need to act on HB501, the bad Oyster Mariculture legislation. If the Governor allows this legislation to become law, it will hamper and stymie the growth of Georgia’s Oyster Mariculture industry – an industry that does not exist today. Industry producers and supporters strongly oppose HB501.
We have an opportunity to grow a small “wild oyster” industry into a multi-million-dollar “oyster mariculture” industry – but only if the Governor VETOs on HB501, and then supports passing good, industry supported legislation such as HB565 in 2020.
A constituent, whose county will directly benefit with the passage of good Oyster Mariculture legislation, gets it:
“I am so upset that politics crushed your excellent reasons for not wanting the "oyster bills" passed as written. Your reasons seem so rational and important! I am not anywhere near an expert in this field, but this "new" industry needs to get it right the first time!!!
Thank you, Jeff.
H. Langford - Darien, GA”
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Committees in the General Assembly kick into gear today and are getting up to speed for the 2019 session, with Glynn County’s legislative delegation asked to serve on a number of committees handling a sizable portion of this year’s legislation.
Read the full-story at The Brunswick News (Click Here)
State Rep. Jeff Jones, R-St. Simons Island, walks along the annual Veterans Day parade route on St. Simons in November.
Two Georgia Power plants, Wansley and Yates, sit along the banks of Chattahoochee River. (© Craig Tanner)
Atlanta, GA—At least 10 of Georgia Power’s toxic, unlined coal ash ponds sit dangerously close to the groundwater beneath them, according to the utility’s recent filings required under the federal Coal Combustion Residuals rule.
According to the utility’s disclosures for 10 of its 29 coal ash ponds statewide, all 10 ponds fail to comply with the location restriction that requires at least a five-foot buffer between the bottom of a coal ash pond and the underlying groundwater aquifer. In at least some cases, the coal ash ponds appear to be sitting in groundwater.
“Georgia Power’s coal ash ponds were built in the worst places possible – near streams, lakes, floodplains, next to rivers, and right above groundwater, and we now know that at least 10 of its ponds sit too close to the groundwater aquifer,” said SELC Senior Attorney Chris Bowers. “Where Georgia Power plans to just cap many of its unlined coal ash ponds in place, the utility’s own disclosures show the danger this ill-advised strategy poses to Georgia communities.”
Pictured: 12.06 Rep. Jeff Jones presents Dr. Arthur L. Cyphers, Senior Pastor of Norwich Baptist Church, the Georgia House of Representatives proclamation in recognition of the church's 100-year anniversary of serving Brunswick and Glynn County communities.
"On behalf of greater Brunswick and Glynn County, Thank you Norwich Baptist Church and congratulations on one-hundred years of service to our community..." ~Rep. Jeff Jones
October 18, 2019 - Mark Risse, Director of UGA Marine Extension (far-left) and Georgia Sea Grant and Thomas Bliss, Director of Shellfish Research Lab (far-right) conducted a tour of facilities and learning session for Rep. Jones and delegation members.Read more
Pictured: On July 20, 2018, on Black Island, Mayor Pro Tem Griffin Lotson, Rep. Jeff Jones, and The Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters.Read more