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Georgia Legislature is suspended; HB 545 pending in Senate

by Georgia Farm Bureau

Posted on Mar 25, 2020 at 0:00 AM

The Georgia House and Senate suspended their legislative activity until further notice due to COVID-19.

The 2020 legislative session was set to finish on April 2. That date will likely change.

Meanwhile, House Bill 545, the Right to Farm bill, remains tabled in the Senate. Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Public Policy staff and allied industry groups continue to work both in and out of the Capitol to correct misinformation and educate legislators and consumers on the true intent of the bill.

The fight is not over - in fact, it is imperative that farmers continue to ask their senators to vote for the bill until it is passed. Georgia farmers and ranchers are encouraged to share their stories on social media and to tag their legislators and include the hashtag #ProtectMyFarm in any posts that they make or share.

GFB has created a landing page to aid in the promotion of House Bill 545. Please share this page with legislators so they can familiarize themselves with the bill and debunk any myths that have been promoted by the opposition. Agriculture is the top economic sector in the state of Georgia. Without a strong right to farm law, our farmers could be subjected to frivolous nuisance lawsuits, which could upend their operations and bankrupt their families. It is vital that we pass House Bill 545 to preserve the production of food and fiber in our state.

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