Coley gives Legislative update to Chamber

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 06:50 PM.

Another piece of legislation which had its genesis in the Panhandle was an agri-tourism bill, which grew out of Waterway South meetings that Coley and Everett attended a couple of years ago.

Coley said the House version of the agri-tourism bill was nearly sunk when an “interested party” convinced another representative to attach an amendment, which Coley said “gutted the bill.”
 “It turned it into a ‘sounds pretty, looks pretty’ bill with no substance,” Coley said.

This was a problem because Coley had worked closely with Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam on creating the bill, and it had specific language that Putnam wanted in the bill.

However, the Senate version of the bill passed without any troublesome amendments, so the House was able to set their bill aside and adopt the unchanged Senate bill.

“The best legislation occurs when representatives listen to the people,” Coley said.

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