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If they're that willing to renegotiate recently passed law, they know it's vulnerable in court.


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Did I read right that the rules don't apply to fishing boats?
If so; that is arbitrary, discriminatory and negates many of the reasons for the setback.
Also, if true then it would appear fishing boats can anchor in sensitive areas where others cannot. Why wouldn't all boats be restricted from anchoring in these areas.
Yes you are correct. Ironic that since their solution to "conflicts" is "distance", why exempt a class of boaters most likely to be close to their docks, fishing the structures?

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If they're that willing to renegotiate recently passed law, they know it's vulnerable in court.
Yes I think the many boating advocacy groups have done a good job of highlighting the many flaws in the new laws.

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Maybe they intended to exclude working vessels and this was their attempt to minimize the laws affect of people’s businesses.

In some cases it’s better to enact the law and then moderate it to take care of inconsistencies or loopholes. To try and get an all encompassing law on the first shot isn’t realistic.

Watch in arguments. Every time a politician tries to come up with a solution a certain segment will rail against it from both ends of the spectrum as it not covering all parts of the issue.

Guns are a best example. Almost all American agree with the need for background checks , loopholes in current laws , mental health issues , and maybe limits on the war like guns. However NOTHING gets done or passed despite mass shootings. The arguments are always put forth it can control every little permutation. This means that nothing gets done.

A more pragmatic approach would be to pass what we can, and then move on to the issues we can’t agree on as addendums to these laws. Not adding “pork” or unrelated topics to these laws/ bills effectively kills them.


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Georgia House Bill 833 Update:

Your emails imploring Georgia legislators to support Rep Stephens HB833 have been successful. Today March 10, 2020, HB833 was voted on favorably in The Rules Committee and will proceed forward to the full House floor for vote Thursday.

Following an anticipated favorable disposition in The House, it will go to The Senate on legislative day 28, aka "Crossover Day".
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Georgia House Bill 833 Update:

Your emails imploring Georgia legislators to support Rep Stephens HB833 have been successful. Today March 10, 2020, HB833 was voted on favorably in The Rules Committee and will proceed forward to the full House floor for vote Thursday.

Following an anticipated favorable disposition in The House, it will go to The Senate on legislative day 28, aka "Crossover Day".
I'm happy to convey the news that HB833 passed in the House today and will cross over in to The Senate starting Friday.

Kimberly Russo of America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association just sent out this great summary of the progress that has been made and is reprinted here with her permission:
"Update on Georgia Anchoring
Relief is one step closer for boaters wanting to cruise the waterway of Georgia! The Georgia House of Representatives today passed HB-833, a bill that “undoes” much of the damage created by rules put into place earlier this year that were widely viewed as unfriendly towards cruisers, and some of the most restrictive in the nation.
On January 1, 2020, HB-201 became law in Georgia, giving the Department of Natural Resources broad power to determine where boats may anchor. It also attempted to over-ride federal regulations on discharge of sewage. To implement the law, DNR issued an Administrative Order banning anchoring within 1,000-feet of marine structures and shellfish beds, and within 300-feet of marinas.
However, Representative Ron Stephens, who happens to be a Gold Looper, filed a bill to help fix these issues and reverse the unfairness of the rules for cruisers. After gathering feedback from DNR and the cruising community, the final version of Rep. Stephens’ bill, HB-833, was issued and worked its way through the legislative process. It passed the House by a vote of 157 to 6 today.
HB-833 takes back the power from DNR to establish anchoring zones, and instead statutorily sets the setback where anchoring is not allowed at:
300-feet from a marina
150-feet from marine infrastructure other than a marina
500 feet from approved commercial shellfish beds and designated public harvest areas
Further, HB-833 removes statutory language created by last year’s HB-201 that attempted to override federal regulations by making all the Georgia coast a no-discharge zone. The area cannot qualify as a federal no-discharge zone due to the lack of pump out facilities available. This attempt to side-step federal regulations was removed by HB-833.
Another change is that HB-833 establishes long-term and short-term anchoring. Short-term anchoring is defined as anchoring a vessel within a one-mile radius of a documented anchoring point where a vessel is anchored for up to 14 cumulative days in a calendar year. If your stay is short-term, the above setbacks apply. However, if you want to stay within a one-mile radius of the same spot for more than 14 cumulative days in a calendar year, you are long-term anchoring and a permit must be obtained from DNR under terms and conditions as the commissioner or his or her designee may prescribe. This is a win for cruisers, as most don’t stay in one place for long, and still gives DNR some additional “teeth” to regulate derelict and nuisance vessels, which was their primary goal with the rules set to implement HB-201.
The next step for HB-833 is to work its way through the Senate side of the Georgia General Assembly. The session lasts into April. We’ll keep you posted on progress and post any calls-to-action that are needed via the AGLCA forum and social media."

If you would like to see the actual presentation and passage of HB833, watch the video on our youtube channel here: https://youtu.be/zdz8L8HyvyQ

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.....still gives DNR some additional “teeth” to regulate derelict and nuisance vessels, which was their primary goal with the rules set to implement HB-201......
First I recall reading that motivation so overtly.
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HB833 Lobbyist Interview

Kimberly Russo of America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association interviews our lobbyist Scott Draper, for insights into how we were able to shape the replacement for HB201 and get it approved in the House.

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/aglca/...ons-in-georgia

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I think all boaters should band to gather and refuse to do ANY perches of fuel, or any shopping in the state. Bypass them totaly with your money. They will get the message.
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I think all boaters should band to gather and refuse to do ANY perches of fuel, or any shopping in the state. Bypass them totaly with your money. They will get the message.
I agree with the sentiment, but I think boycotts often kill the wrong target. The local marinas didn't pass this law. The State would never miss the pennies of tax revenue that a few passing cruisers would cause with a boycott, but the local marinas and stores would.


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