The Senate voted 31-23 for House Bill 1150, sending it back to the
House for final approval of changes.
Today is Sine Die, the last day before the legislature adjourns until next year.
So there’s no time for a conference committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of HB 1150.
The House can only vote to approve the Senate version, or not. Continue reading →
Like its predecessor two years ago,
GA HB 1150
would allow only a year for anyone to sue
if an industrial hog farm or other such problem opened next door.
Despite not being able to name any frivolous farm nuisance suits,
the bill’s backers claim preventing those is their purpose.
Whatever their purpose, the practical effect of this bill would be to
let North Carolina-style hog CAFOs into Georgia,
polluting our air and water.
The proposed legislation declares that any farm in operation for a
year or more cannot be found by a court to be a nuisance. That added
level of protection strips neighbors of their legal power to force a
farm to correct a problem, such as creating overpowering odors from
manure sludge ponds, opponents say.