Bee license plate bill making a buzz across SWGA

Bee license plate bill making a buzz across SWGA
Bees are known as Georgia's state insect. (Source: WALB)
House Bill 671 will allow citizens to buy a special license plate tag to conserve honeybees. (Source: WALB)
House Bill 671 will allow citizens to buy a special license plate tag to conserve honeybees. (Source: WALB)
Lee Brown, Secretary with SOWEGA Beekeepers Club said this bill will allow the organization to fund new programs. (Source: WALB)
Lee Brown, Secretary with SOWEGA Beekeepers Club said this bill will allow the organization to fund new programs. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A new Georgia law aims to help bring awareness to our state insect, honeybees.

House Bill 671 said citizens who purchase the special license plate will not only save honey bees but fund numerous conservation programs across the state.

This may be minor to some but to beekeepers, farmers, and even you healthy fruits and veggie eaters, it's great news.

"It's about time and I'm glad they unanimously pass the bill in the house, in the senate in the state of Georgia and that Governor Deal sign the law," said Lee Brown, Secretary at SOWEGA Beekeepers Club.

Georgia drivers can now buy a special license plate promoting honeybees.

"House Bill 671 is a really exciting bill. The key reason behind it is to pay respect to our state insect," said Darryl Ealum, GA House of Representatives, District 153.

You see them often, and some dislike them, not knowing why they're so important.

"Alot of our fruit trees and our vegetables are actually pollinated by honeybees," said Ealum.

This means without them, our healthy foods wouldn't exist. Now house bill 671 will raise awareness throughout the state.

"Each time the tag is sold, then a portion of that money is going to go to the Georgia Beekeepers Association," said Ealum.

It will support projects, provide training and education programs, and grants to conserve the bees.

"I think it would help us maybe do some more programs, maybe some school programs," said Brown.

Programs to teach people, it's not an annoying insect.

"I think bees can get a bad wrap and I think people are starting to see bees are not bad," said Brown.

But important to our lives.

"The average person should be very very focus on helping us protect the honeybee," said Ealum.

"I like to eat, and bees help us make food and I love honey, so I think it's a good thing," said Brown.

Right now there's no definite word when citizens will be able to purchase the special license plate.

We do know, the tag will be priced a few dollars higher than your normal plate.

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