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March 26, 2015

Help Defeat SB 139 in the GA House!

Our friends and neighbors in Georgia need our help! The Georgia Legislature is considering a bill, Senate Bill 139, that would prohibit local governments from regulating “auxiliary containers” aka plastic bags and foam takeout containers.  This is just like Florida’s bag ban preemption, only more broad and more damaging! SB139 goes to the House floor for a final vote TOMORROW, Friday March 27th!

Please take a moment to contact the representatives on GA House Targets (highlighted)!

Sample Email:
Dear Representative [Name]:  As a concerned voter, I’m reaching out to you in hopes you’ll consider voting against SB 139.  This bill would prohibit local governments from regulating plastic bag use.

The environmental community opposes SB 139 because plastic bags end up in our state waters from the mountains to the coast.  Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to break down (and they never fully decompose, they just break into smaller and smaller pieces).  Since they do not decompose, plastic bags become a hazard to aquatic and marine life.  The bags can be swallowed, wrapped around the necks of animals, and poison the waters around them as they leach chemicals into the water.

Home Rule is a long-established policy in Georgia.  This bill would stop local communities from deciding SB 139 is expected to be voted on by the House THIS Friday.  I hope you’ll consider voting NO.

Suggested Twitter/Facebook Posts:
#BantheBag!  Urge GA House to vote No on #SB139.  #PlasticPollution!

Stop #PlasticPollution.  Defeat #SB139 in GA House.

Let Cities decide!  Defeat #SB139 in GA House.  #PlasticPollution.

Contact Stephanie Stuckey Benfield at sbenfield@greenlaw.org or 404-964-7025 for more information!

March 13, 2015

Action Alert: Plastic Bag Bans

We’re entering week three of the 2015 Legislative Session and HB661/S966 still isn’t on the agenda! This bill gives local governments home rule/local control to enact plastic bag ban pilot programs. Please give Rep. Goodson a call today and ask him to put HB661 on the Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee agenda: 850-717-5050. Please call Senator Dean and ask that SB966 be put on the Senate Environmental Preservation & Conservation Committee: (850) 487-5005.

March 4, 2015

Florida Coasts & Oceans Day

Join the Surfrider Foundation and Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition on March 24th and 25th at the Florida Capitol for Florida Coasts & Oceans Day!

We’ll kick things off with a lobbying training session on March 24th from 6:00-7:30pm at 621 Gallery, followed by a reception and mixer at Grasslands Brewery!

On March 25th we’ll have educational displays from other environmental causes and will spend the day meeting with legislators and attending committee meetings, touring the capitol, and networking with other ocean champions from across the state!

RSVP here!

Find more info on Facebook!

March 2, 2015

Join Hands on May 16th!

We need you to host an event for Hands Across the Sand!

Hands Across the Sand has officially launched our campaign for our gathering on May 16, 2015. The website is ready for you to post your local event – go to http://handsacrossthesand.org/organize-join-a-beach to register today! You can also click on a state or the globe on the home page.
On the web site in the Resources link they’ve included the resources and tips to help you make your event a success:
  • Helpful documents to generate media coverage and deliver talking points
  • Press materials, including sample press releases and letters to the editor
  • Posters and flyers to advertise your event
  • Designs for t-shirts
  • Logos, banner ads and images to use on your own promotional materials and websites
Check out all of these and more at http://www.handsacrossthesand.com/resources
If you have questions, please contact organizerinfo@handsacrossthesand.org

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