2019 Legislative Session – Week 9

Dale Rutledge Legislative Session W9

We are fast approaching “Sine Die,” the last day of the 2019 legislative session. The House will adjourn on April 2nd. In the last 32 legislative days, the House has passed over 160 pieces of legislation! As we draw near to the end of session, I encourage you to reach out to me with any questions. Keep reading to learn what the House passed in week 9.

House Bill 316: Paper Ballots

House Bill 316, sponsored by Rep. Barry Fleming (district 121), changes our voting method by introducing a ballot-marking device with a paper ballot that can be audited. This bill also extends the notice period required for the closing or moving of an existing voting precinct, implements extensive corrective measures for absentee ballots, and extends the amount of time a voter can be inactive before being removed from Georgia voter rolls. Our new voting system will:

-use secure touchscreen ballot markers that are not connected to the internet,
-produce verifiable paper ballots that voters can verify before submitting,
-have the ability to be audited to ensure accuracy,
-and will provide greater accessibility for disabled voters and voters who speak foreign languages.

Passing the Amended Budget

Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, Speaker David Ralston, and leaders from the House and Senate gathered to sign the Amended Budget for Fiscal Year 2019. This budget allocates funds for public education, expands school security initiatives, increases access to healthcare in rural Georgia, and helps farmers and agri-businesses impacted by Hurricane Michael.


Thank you for visiting my blog to learn about what your representatives are working on for the state of Georgia. As the General Assembly works to pass more legislation, don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions and concerns. Please return to my blog next week for more updates on this year’s session.

Capitol Address
601-C Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg.
18 Capitol Square SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
404.656.0254 – Office
District Address
P.O. Box 1162
McDonough, GA 30253

Emaildale.rutledge@house.ga.gov