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The Water Bill

February 4, 2010

A flurry of news coverage yesterday and today has focused on Gov. Perdue’s bill to promote a range of measures aimed at water efficiency and conservation. As of this writing, nobody’s actually seen the bill yet – it might be dropped into the hopper as soon as today – but a Gold Dome press conference and a series of “pre-meetings” with interest groups has helped sketch out the likely contours of the bill. Thus, the response from most folks so far, including those in the environmental community, is that everybody will need to see the bill itself before having a firm opinion on it. It appears, though, that the bill is probably a step in the right direction; the question may become, “How big of a step is it?”

Here’s a rundown of the news for now:

• The press release out of the Governor’s office

• The AJC’s report, plus similar write-ups in the Macon Telegraph, Rome News-Tribune, Gainesville Times and Atlanta Business Chronicle

• From out of state: the Chattanooga Times Free Press and the Birmingham News, with an AP story

• A Columbus Ledger-Enquirer story emphasizing state Rep. Debbie Buckner’s bill to limit outdoor watering. In case you missed it, a salient point in all this news is Perdue’s resistance to Buckner’s bill.

• The Insider Advantage write-up, which references yesterday’s Morris News story on Gov. Perdue’s pre-meeting with the Georgia Agribusiness Council.

• Lastly, this one from the Athens Banner-Herald might be the first editorial so far on the bill-to-be. Its prevailing tone is one of cautious optimism.

-Ben Emanuel

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