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February 4, 2016, Day 16 of 2016 General Assembly

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Rep. Parsons appointed to the Joint Study Committee on the Property Tax Digest Impact on Education Funding

Information on the Georgia's Motor Vehicle Title Fee (Courtesy of Senate Pro-Tem David Shafer)

A letter on Education Funding in Georgia

Important Education Funding Information


Rep. Parsons serves as the Chairman of the House Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee

Rep. Parsons appointed to the General Assembly Fiscal Affairs Committee

Speaker Ralston appoints Rep. Parsons to two important NCSL standing committeess

House Speaker appoints Rep. Parsons to two key SLC standing committees


Important Questions Regarding Energy and Climate Change


Energy is one of the most important issues that the State of Georgia, as well as our nation, must continually evaluate and address if our economies are to continue to grow, the education needs of our citizens are to be met, our workforce is to be trained and the quality of life for generations to come is to be maintained, and indeed improved.


As the Chairman of the Georgia House of Representatives Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee, I hear and read many conflicting studies regarding the issue of climate change as it relates to energy and the various sources of energy. The earth's climate has changed throughout time. Some theorize that there was a significant change in the climate of Europe that occurred coincidentally after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, which contributed to the disruption of civilization that led to the Dark Ages. So, if one accepts, as I do, that climate change does occur, then the real questions become:


  1. Is Earth currently undergoing a significant climate change event?
  2. Are the actions of mankind contributing to the event, and if so, how much?
  3. If mankind is a major contributor to climate change, what actions by government, if any, are justified?
  4. As a global issue, to what extent is any political state justified in creating mandates that create economic and financial hardships on its own citizens while other political states, that according to the studies accepted by the current administration, are also part of the problem, take little to no action?
  5. Given that the U.S. Congress has enacted no laws prescribing what energy sources may be used for the generation of electricity, should a federal agency - the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - have the authority to do just that?
  6. Should centuries of coal reserves, the most secure energy source, be left in the ground while the economies of the coal mining communities are destroyed and the livelihoods of coal mining families are taken from them by the current administration and the EPA?
  7. Should the left wing environmentalist crowd be intellectually honest and admit that natural gas, despite the centuries of reserves in the U.S., is its next target; that energy independence, jobs, geopolitical influence, the petrochemical industry, and the cost of energy production hold no importance to it?
  8. Is the evidence regarding human contribution to climate change great enough and valid enough to create mandates that will very significantly raise the cost of electricity for everyone in this nation, and will especially hurt the elderly and the poor for whom the cost of utilities sucks up a larger part of their disposable income?

Despite their rhetoric, the current administration and its supporters, including presidential candidate Clinton, do not take energy seriously. Nor do they even take climate issues seriously. Instead, they listen to special interest groups. They take them seriously. For them, these issues are subservient to their larger agenda of more government control, more dependence of citizens on the federal government, a war on coal and all fossil fuels, elimination of automobiles, accelerated urbanization and the erosion of the constitutional rights and responsibilities of states.


I believe in the use of solar power, wind power and other alternative sources of energy. I have passed legislation and advocated for more legislation to incentivize the use of alternative sources of energy. I believe that we all should take steps to keep the air we breathe pollution free. Although we have vast reserves of coal in America, and through technological advances we are now the number one producer of natural gas in the world, we must keep in mind that even these sources are finite. Common sense requires that we use all of these energy sources.


To the question of whether or not mankind contributes to climate change, I believe the answer, to some degree is yes. However, there are scientific studies that show that even if man does contribute to climate change, the effect is minimal. What I am certain of is that an agency of the federal government, in this case the non-elected EPA, should not, and does not have the authority to issue mandates that will take away the livelihoods of thousands of Americans, raise the cost of electricity to the extent that its use may be prohibitive for the elderly and poor, further the agenda of special interest environmental and urbanization groups, create more dependence on the federal government and weaken the economy of our nation.


The EPA, an agency created by Congress to help keep our rivers, streams and air clean, must work for us and not against us. I believe in its original core mission. It is time for the nonsense to end.








A summary of HB170, The Transportation Funding Act


The idea behind legislation may come from a constituent, the students in a public school class, a state agency or lobbyists among others. If a legislator agrees to propose and sponsor the legislation, he/she will then take the general draft of the proposed legislation to the Legislative Counsel of the General Assembly where a lawyer will be assigned to write the legislation per the format guidelines of the General Assembly.

Once dropped into the hopper of the legislator's respective chamber, the legislation is read for the first time by the Clerk of that legislative body. It is read for a second time the next legislative day, after which action can be taken in the committee to which the legislation is assigned. It is not automatic that the legislation will be heard and/or acted upon in committee. The bill sponsor must request a hearing, after which the legislation might be heard in a sub-committee, in which it will be vetted and possibly amended. If the subcommittee approves the legislation with a do-pass recommendation to the full committee, it will be vetted again and possibly amended further. If the bill is approved by the full committee, the sponsor must then ask the Rules Committee to place it on the calendar to be considered by the full body of the respective chamber. It is not easy to get a bill through the Rules Committee. If then, the bill is approved by the Rules Committee, the legislator may take the legislation to the floor for consideration by the entire body.

If then, the legislation is approved by that body, it may be taken to the other chamber where the same vetting process begins again. If approved by both chambers, the legislation will be reviewed carefully by the Governor, another vetting process and may or may not be approved by the Governor to become law.



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