Sunday, February 19, 2012

Day #495 The Rabbit and Bee Bill

The Georgia House of Representatives recently passed a bill to prevent local municipalities from passing laws that prohibit Georgia residents from gardening or from keeping honeybees. Here’s the text of House Bill 853:
“No county, municipality, consolidated government, or local government authority shall prohibit or require any permit for the growing or raising of food crops, rabbits, honeybees, or chickens, with the exception of roosters, in home gardens, fully covered pens, hives, or fully covered coops on private residential property so long as such food crops, animals, or honeybees or the products thereof are used for human consumption by the occupant of such property and members of his or her household and not for commercial purposes.”
The trouble is, the bill is stalled in the State Senate’s Rules Committee. If it doesn’t make it out of there by March 7th, it’s dead, so I’ve written emails to the various players asking them to support the bill.
Did you notice they’re not allowing roosters? I suppose that’s a good idea, since roosters aren’t necessary for egg production. I rather like the rooster who lives in the lot on the other side of my stream, though. He crows at dawn. He crows whenever he feels threatened (I think). He crows just about any time he feels like it. And that’s okay with me. Of course, he’s not right beside my windows.
How does your local government deal with bees and rabbits and chickens?

And -- a very personal note -- would you please send prayers, good thoughts, good energy, good vibrations, or whatever you call it, to my niece Erica? She's in the hospital in Colorado, and I'm deeply concerned. I was living with my sister when Erica was born. She's always been a dear person, and I'd like to see her pull through this in the best possible way.
BEEattitude for Day #495:
       Blessed are those who are aware of what is happening around them, for they shall avoid harsh surprises. 
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The Cat Bastet said...

Sending positive thoughts and prayers for Erica!

Cathy AJ

Fran Stewart said...

Thank you, Cathy! Much appreciated.

Megan said...

Hi Fran,
Sorry to hear about your neice.My husband is one of the best prayers I know and he seems to get results. He is more than happy to include your neice and since he is going into hospital for an op himself tomorrow he will have plenty of time to pray.God bless but I wont say try not to worry coz thats useless,do worry if it helps. Megan.