Georgia needs help passing State-wide Chicken Law

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by JosephPond, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. JosephPond

    JosephPond Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 13, 2011
    Marietta, GA
    Currently, there is a Bill in the House, HB 2, that was sponsored by Rep Bobby Franklin.
    "The whole concept is no level of state government should ever tell a person that they are prohibited from feeding their family. Chickens for the eggs and the meat, rabbits for the meat, goats for the milk and you can feed your family, but as you know, Cobb County in its Soviet style central planning, has deemed that you have to have two acres just to have a chicken." Rep Franklin passed away before the bill could be made into law. Currently, Rep Tom McCall and Rep Terry England are polishing the language with the hopes of passing it this year. They need our help! Go to for more details on how you can support this worthy bill. It is insane that we are spending so much time fighting every city and county to get our rights back!

    I lost my flock at the end of November because of a 40 year old zoning ordinance in Cobb County, GA. I started the Backyard Chickens Alliance ( in an effort to change the Code in Cobb. The local commissioners wanted no part of it. I spoke to Rep Tom McCall, chairman of the GA House Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Committee. After 45 minutes, he told me that we need a state law to prevent such nonsense. He said Everybody needs a dozen chickens in their yard! He told me that he would get on it when the GA Assembly came back into session. There are back and he is holding up his end of the bargain. We need to let the legislators know that this bill needs to pass! Support this bill and help spread the word!


    House Bill 2

    By: Representative Franklin of the 43rd

    A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT To amend Chapter 1 of Title 2 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to general provisions relative to agriculture, so as to provide a short title; to preempt certain local ordinances relating to production of agricultural or farm products; to protect the right to grow food crops and raise small animals on private property so long as such crops and animals are used for human consumption by the occupants, gardeners, or raisers and their households and not for commercial purposes; to define a term; to provide for effect on certain private agreements and causes of action; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.


    SECTION 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Georgia Right to Grow Act."

    SECTION 2. Chapter 1 of Title 2 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to general provisions relative to agriculture, is amended by adding a new Code section to read as follows: "2-1-7. (a) As used in this Code section, the term: (1) 'Crops' means fruits and products of all annual or perennial plants, trees, and shrubs. (2) 'Milk goat' means a doe kept for the purpose of producing milk and any unweaned kid goats.

    (b) No county, municipality, consolidated government, or local government authority shall prohibit or require any permit for the growing or raising of food crops or chickens, rabbits, or milk goats in home gardens, coops, or pens on private residential property so long as such food crops or animals 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.

    (c) This Code section shall not prohibit or impair: (1) The authority of a local governmental entity to abate a public nuisance; (2) The authority of a local governmental entity to regulate or restrict the slaughter of goats; (3) Any cause of action brought by a private citizen to abate a private nuisance under Code Section 41-2-4; or (4) Any private covenant or other private agreement restricting the use of real property."

    SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

    SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  3. mazdacrzy

    mazdacrzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Winder, Georgia
    I am crossing my fingers that this passes! I tried to change the ordinance in winder and failed.
  4. JosephPond

    JosephPond Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 13, 2011
    Marietta, GA
    Please, help me get the word out- call or e-mail your local representatives. I have a couple of pages on Facebook as well as a website-

  5. THunter

    THunter Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just emailed friends of mine in the Georgia Legislature asking they support, and co-sponsor, this legislation. They are:

    Donna Sheldon - House 105
    Josh Clark - House 98
    Buzz Brockway - House 101
    Brett Harrell - House 106

    Renee Unterman - Senate 45

    We'll see how it goes.
  6. JosephPond

    JosephPond Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 13, 2011
    Marietta, GA
    Thank you! Keep me posted of any feedback you receive. I am tracking the legislators. Currently the bill is in the house, and we have six yes and one no. Of course, the no is my representative! LOL!
  7. THunter

    THunter Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'd work to make sure that after the 2012 election he, or she, is not any longer. They understand that loud and clear.
  8. Cavry

    Cavry Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 16, 2012
    I live boonie, but Ralston serves my area. I'll be in his case, and a couple of others, like stink on manure at 0900 tomorrow.
  9. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    This is an EXCELLENT law, and should be nationwide.

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