Georgia “Chemistry Creates, America Competes” Resolutions Pass Committee in House, Senate

Support for regulatory reform is strong in Georgia! On Tuesday, March 19th, the House Regulated Industries Committee voted to pass GA HR 1356 (sponsored by Rep. Brad Thomas). On the Senate side, GA SR 703 (sponsored by Senator Russ Goodman) passed the Senate Economic Development & Tourism Committee on Thursday, March 14th.

Georgia HR 1356 and SR 703 are identical Resolutions expressing concern with regulatory overreach impacting the chemical industry that urge the Biden Administration, Congress, and federal agencies to reevaluate proposed restrictions targeting industry, ensuring that regulations are based on sound science, promote innovation, and support supply chain resiliency. The concern is not that the chemistry is being regulated; rather, that the proposed regulations are not science based, and, as a result several of the regulations either ban chemistries outright or regulate them at trace levels, which is a de facto ban on manufacturing.

The Senate version, SR 703, is sponsored by Senate Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Committee Chairman Russ Goodman (R-Cogdell). Chairman Goodman is a 7th generation farmer who was first elected to the Georgia State Senate in 2020. His district, Senate District 8, is located in South Georgia near the Valdosta area. In addition to his duties as a committee Chairman, he also serves as a member of the Senate Natural Resources & Environment Committee, Senate Public Safety Committee, and the Senate Retirement Committee.

The House version, HR 1356, is sponsored by Representative Brad Thomas (R-Holly Springs). Representative Thomas was elected to the Georgia House in 2020, representing House District 21 (Cherokee County) north of Atlanta.  Representative Thomas is mechanical engineer and U.S. Navy veteran. Representative Thomas serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Technology & Infrastructure Innovation Committee and the Secretary of the Defense & Veterans Affairs Committee. He is a member of 5 other committees including the House Energy, Utilities, & Telecommunications Committee and the House Transportation Committee.

Chairman Goodman and Representative Thomas have long been supporters of our industry, and the Georgia Chemistry Council would like to extend our gratitude to both of them for all of their hard work on HR 1356 and SR 703.  

For more information on the “Chemistry Creates, America Competes” regulatory overreach campaign by the American Chemistry Council, please visit ChemistryCreates.org.

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