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Politics shift rules: Competing interests sometimes spar over water regulations
End of independent commission gives control to state agency
A view of Lake Lanier.
The fine line between politics and policy revealed itself in an unusual setting this spring when state lawmakers put an end to the independent authority of the Soil and Water Conservation Commission. It was relegated to the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture, and the change granted Gov. Nathan Deal the power to make appointments to the commission.