Watch as the Georgia Senate unanimously approves HR 164 – a constitutional amendment that will allow the General Assembly to dedicate environmental trust funds. The House of Representatives passed the measure last week.
These funds, created in the mid-90s, are intended to pay for the cleanup of illegal tire dumps and hazardous waste sites. Unfortunately, lawmakers have raided these funds for years to pay for other parts of the budget, to the tune of more than $200 million.
Next up, this measure will appear on the ballot in November for Georgia voters to approve. Read more here.
Here are a couple images from some of our more creative protests concerning Trust Fund Honesty including the “Scrapitol” (a giant replica of the Capitol built out of scrap tires) and our 24-hour Scrap Tire Roll (exactly what it sounds like). The HR 158 referenced in those pictures is the same legislation from a previous year. HR 164 (introduced in 2019) is the amendment that went on to pass both chambers.