State Senate Bills I Find Interesting (SB 266 – SB 276)

Conclusions:
SB 266: SUPPORT
SB 267: SUPPORT
SB 268: OPPOSE
SB 269: SUPPORT
SB 270: SUPPORT
SB 271: SUPPORT
SB 272: SUPPORT
SB 273: OPPOSE
SB 274: SUPPORT
SB 275: OPPOSE
SB 276: OPPOSE

SB 266 would allow the citizens of the City of Kingsland to vote on a homstead exemption in their town. I’m going to SUPPORT this on the grounds that it is local legislation that allows the citizens to decide for themselves whether they believe this action should happen or not.

SB 266: SUPPORT

SB 267 would allow the citizens of the City of Woodbine to vote on a homestead exemption in their town, and I shall SUPPORT it for the same reasons as noted above.

SB 267: SUPPORT

SB 268 provides sovereign immunity to the officers, agents, and employees of the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission. It also provides that notices and hearings must be conducted prior to any increase in rates. But the sovereign immunity is killer. Quite simply, if a government employee is negligent in their job, you should be able to sue both the county and the individual in question. Therefore, because this bill prevents that, I must OPPOSE this measure.

SB 268: OPPOSE

SB 269 allows the citizens of Brantley County to decide whether they should have a homestead exemption from Brantley County School District taxes. Again, I’m going to SUPPORT this on the grounds that it is local legislation that allows the citizens to decide for themselves whether they believe this action should happen or not.

SB 269: SUPPORT

SB 270 does the same thing as SB 269, but with Brantley County Government in general, not just the school district. Again, I’m going to SUPPORT this on the grounds that it is local legislation that allows the citizens to decide for themselves whether they believe this action should happen or not.

SB 270: SUPPORT

SB 271 changes the city limits of Ringgold and annexes additional territory. I object to the fact that the State makes these decisions – I feel a county should control all cities within its borders – but otherwise have no issue with this bill. I’m also going to assume that the people/businesses within the affected area WANT to be part of the city of Ringgold, and under such assumption I will SUPPORT this measure.

SB 271: SUPPORT

SB 272 is a bill that I described in this GeorgiaLegislativeWatch.com post. Because it increases the transparency of government and government-allowed activities, I SUPPORT this measure.

SB 272: SUPPORT

SB 273 would ban a Governor from accepting any kind of campaign contribution beginning from the time he is first elected and ending at the end of his term of office. Meaning that he could not seek any campaign contributions for re-election. It also bans a Governor from accepting any gift from anyone other than his spouse, child, sibling, or parent.

If someone wants to give their money to any cause, including electing one politician or another, that is their money and their business. The government should have ZERO say in the matter. Furthermore, this bill is draconian in both its banning of re-election contributions and gifts from nieces, nephews, and close friends. Finally, it is an obvious political ploy on the part of the Senate Minority Leader. But hey, that’s what the Minority Leader is there for. The first two reasons – that the government should have no say in private decisions and that the bill is overly draconian – are the reasons it must be OPPOSED.

SB 273: OPPOSE

SB 274 makes the municipal court judges of Columbus be elected in nonpartisan races. I like non-partisan races, as it forces the voter to do more of their homework on a candidate rather than simply voting a party line. Because I feel that nonpartisan races are the best way to do local races in particular, and because this is local legislation in general, I SUPPORT this measure.

SB 274: SUPPORT

SB 275 would create the Municipal Court Clerks’ Retirement Fund of Georgia. I must OPPOSE this measure as unnecessary government intervention into what should be the private freedom and responsibility of retirement planning.

SB 275: OPPOSE

SB 276 would regulate private actions regarding emitting certain chemicals into the air within two miles of any K-12 school. Particularly revolting is the statement:

“It is incumbent upon the General Assembly to protect Georgia’s children from exposure to the toxic pollutant, pentachlorophenol.”

I hold that it is not the job of the General Assembly to protect anyone’s children from anything. They are not Georgia’s children. They are their parents’ children. It is the duty of the parent to protect their child as they see best, and only under extreme circumstances should this be overrruled.

Because this bill restricts private actions and because it upholds the idea that the State has some form of ownership over children, I must most strenuously OPPOSE this measure

SB 276: OPPOSE

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  1. […] I Find Interesting (SB 266 – SB 276) Written by Jeff on April 2, 2009 – 7:10 am Conclusions: SB 266: SUPPORT SB 267: SUPPORT SB 268: OPPOSE SB 269: SUPPORT SB 270: SUPPORT SB 271: SUPPORT SB 272: […]

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