Top Ten Issues to Watch in 2013
Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE)
GPEE regularly produces relevant, independent research on issues affecting education and the business community in Georgia. Check out their report on "Top Ten Issues to Watch in 2013."
GPEE was founded in 1992 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Economic Developers Association. The Parnership consists of business, education, community and government leaders who share a vision of improved education in the State of Georgia.
American Public Power Association's Public Power Magazine published an article this month detailing how utility companies are hitting back on copper theft.
ECG's Daryl Ingram, Vice President of External Affairs, is featured to discuss how Georgia utilities are combatting the problem.
“We are pleased with the law. It has numerous provisions, but a 24-hour waiting period for cash payments on scrap metals should deter some thieves and perhaps create opportunity for apprehension of others,” explains ECG Walter West.
Just minutes before midnight on the last night of the 2009 legislative session, Senate Bill 82 became law pending the Governor's signature. The key provisions of SB 82 are:
- Require a photo ID to sell copper and certain other metals to a metal dealer.
- Require the metal dealer to make a photocopy of the ID.
- Require a 24-hour waiting period before cash payment is made for copper, aluminum forms, and catalytic converters.
- Immediate payment can be made by check.
- Allow prosecutors to include reasonable costs that are incurred in the repair of property or in the attempt to recover property. This will elevate some thefts from misdemeanors to felonies.
Training & Safety
Public Power Magazine: March-April 2012
"I get out to the competition field at 5:45 a.m. and hear two voices up the poles. In the darkness, I realize that it's Jon Beasley and Greg Lee from Electric Cities of Georgia. They realized the picture on the website didn't exactly match the spec sheets for the events and the washers were on incorrectly on the cross-arm braces. They had come out specifically to make sure that events were perfect."
-Mike Hyland, American Public Power Association (APPA)