This first full week of February at our Capitol was a busy one. I have never seen the building so full of folks from around the State. Visiting this week were Firefighters, County Commissioners, CASA representatives, Credit Unions, The Statesboro Chamber of Commerce, Ga Agribusinesses, Ga State Uni
Your legislature is in full swing now. During the last week the members of the Legislature have been getting settled with their new Office and Committee Assignments. We have been having organizational meetings of our committees, which traditionally include an introduction of members, the chairman’s
The 2013 Legislative session began last week on Jan 14. Clerk Robbie Rivers called us to order and Rev. Carl D. Johnson gave our first prayer of the session. Judge Roger Lane administered the Oath Of Office; my wife Marcia was with me, and we used a well-worn Bible my Dad gave us in the ceremony.
I am announcing that I will seek re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives District 11. I currently represent District 12, which includes parts of Bartow and Gordon counties and all of Pickens County. The newly configured House District 11 covers parts of Gordon and Murray counties and all
On Monday, March 19th, we returned to the Gold Dome to begin our 34th of 40 legislative day of the 2012 session. As the end of session draws near, we worked long hours this week to ensure the passage of vital legislation that will reform both our state’s tax code and criminal justice system.
We returned to the Gold Dome on Monday, March 12, to begin our 31st legislative day of the 2012 session. With “Crossover Day” (Day 30) behind us, bills passed by the State Senate have now “crossed over” for consideration in the House. This means that we will spend the last 10 legislative days of t
Monday, February 27th, 2012, marked the beginning of the eighth legislative week of the 2012 session. With “Crossover Day” - the 30th and final legislative day that most House bills have to pass the House and make their way to the Senate - scheduled for Wednesday, March 7th, we will put in some of
The pace has picked up at the Capitol. Lots of meetings and votes took place in both the House and Senate in preparation for Cross-over Day, Day 30 of 40. Cross-over Day is the day when a bill has to pass the House and go to the Senate and visa versa. Proposed legislation dies that is not voted o
WEEK 5: Monday, Feb. 6, marked the 15th Legislative Day of the Regular Session of the Georgia General Assembly. Before we went to the Debate Calendar, I had the privilege to take the Speaker’s podium to recognize the 4-H Clubs of Georgia and the 2011-2012 4-H Leadership Team. I had the opportunity
We are into February, and lots of discussion and debate are occurring at your Capitol. Education debate took second place to our work on the Amended 2012 Budget. I hope you don't mind my writing about the budget so much, but it is the most important thing we do every year. I want to communicate the
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