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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) today issued the following statement applauding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for ruling in favor of Georgia and 17 other states in granting a nationwide stay of the Obama Administration’s onerous “Waters of the United States” rule:

 “Halting this regulation until legal issues are addressed makes sense and is a good step, but we must continue our work to overturn it for good. Senator Perdue and I co-sponsored a resolution in September to overturn this regulation that is harmful to not only landowners, but to our entire agriculture industry in Georgia,” said Senator Isakson. “This regulation – one of many overreaches by this administration – would allow federal bureaucrats to assert control over thousands of streams, creeks, wetlands, ponds and ditches throughout the country.”

 “Today’s decision is good news for Georgia farmers and landowners,” said Senator Perdue. “President Obama’s outrageous attempt at increasing federal regulation on cities, counties, farmers, and private landowners should be struck down and I’m glad the court is blocking this blatant government overreach. Under President Obama, we have seen the growth of a fourth branch of government—the regulators—and I will keep fighting to rein in intrusive regulations like this ‘Waters of the United States’ rule.”  

  Today’s court ruling is a response to Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens’ request for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to enter a nationwide order prohibiting the Environmental Protections Agency, or EPA, from enforcing its “Waters of the United States” rule. In addition, Attorney General Olens is also challenging the “Waters of the United States” rule in a case brought in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia that is now on appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. 

 Last month, Senators Isakson and Perdue, along with 45 Senate co-sponsors, introduced a joint resolution to overturn and disapprove this onerous rule. Senators Isakson and Perdue also co-sponsored the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, which would direct the EPA to develop a different rule and consult with states, local governments, and small businesses. This legislation would also prevent federal agencies from using the “Waters of the United States” rule to control land.

Georgia Governor, Nathan Deal, recently appointed  three of our fellow community leaders to state level boards.

Georgia's entertainment industry is on the rise and Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed a panel of experts to help the state's film, music and digital entertainment office stay ahead of the curve.  One of the newest members of the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office's new advisory board is Georgia State Representative R. Brian Strickland, who represents District 111 and is a partner at Smith, Welch, Webb & White LLC in McDonough, GA.

 

Gov. Nathan Deal has named Judge Steven Teske to the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group. Judge Teske is the chief judge of the Clayton County Juvenile Court. Prior to this position, he was a partner at Boswell & Teske LLP. He has been appointed to serve on the Department of Juvenile Justice Judicial Advisory Council, Governor’s Children & Youth Coordinating Council, Governor’s Office for Children and Families, Family Violence Commission and the Criminal Justice Reform Commission. Teske sits on the board of directors of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He is a past president of the Georgia Council of Juvenile Court Judges. Teske earned a master’s degree in Political Science and a law degree from Georgia State University.

 

Gov. Nathan Deal has named Lisa Kinchen to the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group. Kinchen is the publisher and editor of Southern Journal Magazine. She serves on the Governor’s Office of Children and Families Advisory Board and the Piedmont-Henry Foundation Board. Kinchen was previously a board member for Speedway Children's Charities, Leadership Henry, Youth Leadership Henry and Prevent Child Abuse. Kinchen is actively involved in Henry County in multiple facets. She attended Troy State University and Auburn University.