2024 Legislative Sessions

As a border river organization, St. Marys Riverkeeper works in both Florida and Georgia on water related issues. Our engagement with local governments, state officials, and regional conservation groups such as Georgia Water Coalition and Waterkeepers Florida are critical in ensuring our river is protected. Effective conservation and advocacy require a positive working partnership with our elected officials!

Here’s to a 2024 legislative session that protects healthy waterways!

We will keep you updated throughout the legislative session with priorities that directly impact our St. Marys River and ways you can make your voice be heard!

Florida Legislative Session | January 9 – March 8

Georgia Legislative Session | January 8 – March 27

Satilla and St. Marys Riverkeeper meeting with GA Rep. Sainz and Rep. Corbett in 2023
U.S. Congressman Buddy Carter (GA) and St. Marys Riverkeeper in 2024


  • The Good

HB 163 and SB 608 Dredging and Beach Restoration Projects

HB 321 and SB 602 Release of Balloons

SB406 Statewide Environmental Resource Permitting Rules – this is the good part of SB 738

The Bad

HB 527 and SB 664 Land and Water Management

HB 789 and SB 738 Environmental Management

HB 1641 and SB 1126 Regulation of Auxiliary Containers

  • SB 1126 has been temporarily postponed (2/1/2024)

The Ugly (needs improvement)

HB 1079 and SB 298 Saltwater Intrusion Vulnerability Assessment

HB 165 and SB 338 Sampling of Beach Waters and Public Bathing Spaces


The Good

HB 71 Okefenokee Protection Act

HB 260 Environmental Justice Act

HB 477 Soil Amendments

HB 436 Increase Surface Mining penalties

The Bad

HB 370 Privatizing Georgia’s Marshlands

HB 34 Income Tax Exemptions for mining facilities

HB 1172 Water Rights

Contact your local elected officials

House of Representatives

Nassau County – Dean Black

Baker County – Chuck Brannan

Camden County – Steven Sainz

Charlton County – John Corbett


Nassau County – Clay Yarborough

Baker County – Jennifer Bradley

Camden and Charlton County – Mike Hodges


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