2015 Legislative Session Weekly Wrap-up: Week Four

Dale RutledgeOn February 2, 2015, we returned to the Capitol for another busy week.  The majority of our time this week was spent in committee and subcommittee meetings to review pieces of legislation that have been introduced in the House. The annual State of the Judiciary Address was delivered this week to both the House and the Senate by Chief Justice Hugh Thompson. We welcomed Chief Justice Hugh Thompson and the Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals and other guests to the chamber. Chief Justice Thompson was appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia in 1994 and was elected by his peers to a four-year term in 2013.  Speaker Ralston welcomed the Chief Justice to the rostrum as he went on to update us on the current state of Georgia’s judicial system.

In his address, Chief Justice Thompson applauded the successful expansion of specialty courts in Georgia.  A specialty court, also known as an accountability courtorproblemsolvingcourt, is a cost-effective criminal justice alternative for non-violent offenders.  Specialty courts, such as drug and mental health treatment courts, hold offenders accountable through court-supervised treatment programs. He  shared success stories from some specialty courts in our state. Superior Court Judge Reuben Green was recognized for overseeing a veteran’s court in Cobb County that matches participants with volunteers who are dedicated to mentoring veterans through the program and keeping them out of jail.  I was happy to hear that Georgia’s 116 specialty courts have helped guide more than 5,000 Georgians towards the right path by avoiding incarceration. I look forward to hearing more success stories out of our specialty courts in the future.

Chief Justice Thompson also spoke of the challenges that lie ahead.  One challenge for Georgia’s judicial system  is access to justice. Six counties in Georgia are without a single lawyer and 20 counties have fewer than five lawyers.  As a result, judges are seeing more people coming to court and representing themselves. He explained that when people are unrepresented, their interests are not defended because judges do not have the information they need to make just decisions.  All Georgians deserve to have access to justice, regardless of where they live, or socioeconomic status.

Chief Justice Thompson asked for support of newly introduced legislation to motivate attorneys to work in rural areas of Georgia.  This legislation, HB 236, would create a pilot program where a small number of law school graduates would receive college loan payment assistance for working inanunderserved county for at least five years.

We also saw several bills pass out of their respective committees this week.

HB62

The House Education Committee voted ‘do pass’ on an important measure in House Bill 62.  House Bill 62 honors our men and women in uniform by allowing their children the chance to obtain the world-class education that our state has to offer and allows them to receive special needs scholarships. Military families are often required to relocate across the country, and these children should not be denied educational opportunities as a result.

HB65

This legislation requires school boards to hold at least two public meetings before adopting any budget, giving parents and taxpayers the opportunity to see how their education dollars are being put to work and to provide input.

SB2

Senate Bill 2  passed the Senate unanimously and would provide high school students with alternative ways to earn their high school diplomas.  SB 2 would allow high school students, who have met the necessary requirements, to enroll in college courses upon completion of their freshman and sophomore year coursework and earn both their high school and post secondary diplomas simultaneously.

We received some exciting news out of Washington, D.C.aboutthefuture of The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. President Obama requested that Congress designate $42 million for dredging the river channel that cargo ships use to reach the Port of Savannah in his 2016 budget proposal. This funding, in addition to the $266 million from the state of Georgia, will help the expansion stay on schedule to be completed by 2020.

As always, if you have concerns or questions about proposed legislation, I hope that you will contact me.  I am always eager to hear from you, so that I can be aware of what issues are most important to you and your family. Please stop by and visit me if you are in the area during the legislative session, or call my office and let me know what I can do for you. The phone number is 678-438-7181.

2015 Legislative Session Weekly Wrap-up: Week Three

Dale Rutledge

In our third week of the 2015 legislative session, we passed one of the most important pieces of legislation of the year: the 2015 amended fiscal year budget. This budget is a mid-year adjustment of state spending through June 30, 2015. The AFY 2015 budget has been carefully reviewed and edited through a series of Appropriations Committee meetings. Thanks to the committee’s diligent work, the House version of the AFY 2015 budget was packaged into House Bill 75 and was voted on and passed unanimously by the House on Thursday, January 29.

AFY 2015 Budget:

The House version of the AFY 2015 budget is very similar to Gov. Deal’s initial budget. The amended budget includes an addition of $276 million in “new” funds, with 70 percent going towards education. $128.5 million will go towardsK-12 enrollment growthand $35 million will be addedforlocal school systems to expand wireless broadband internet connectivity. The House version of the budget also designates $7.4 million for equalization funding grants that will provide additional funds to K-12 systems that qualify based on per student wealth rankings. Higher education was also set as a budget priority, with funds designated for new engineering and military scholarships and the creation of the Georgia Film Academy. Lastly, the amended budget also includes $750,000 to support Gov. Deal’s newly created Education Reform Commission.

The House version of the AFY 2015 budget appropriates $20 million in grants towards job-creating economic development projects through the OneGeorgia Authority, as well as $20 million for Regional Economic Business Assistance grants. OneGeorgia and Regional Economic Business Assistance are two of our state’s most effective economic development tools for attracting new jobs to Georgia. In addition, $1.5 million is set aside to keep Xpress buses running in 13 metro counties, and $4.5 million will go to support routine maintenance in the Department of Transportation. By financing transportation and economic development projects such as these, we can make Georgia an even better place for business for years to come.

More than $5 million in the AFY 2015 budget is allocated for driver education programs to improve safety on Georgia’s roads. Funds are also set aside to expand the length of the Department of Corrections’ Residential Substance Abuse Treatment program from six to nine months, and the Board of Regentsis issued$4.8 million to provide clinical trials oncannabis oilforchildren with medication resistant epilepsy.

Other News: 

The House celebrated Georgia National Guard Day,  Monday, January 26,  in honor of the many Georgians who make such tremendous sacrifices for our freedom and safety. Dozens of airmen and soldiers visited the State Capitol and were recognized for their accomplishments on the House floor with House Resolution 27. We also had the honor of witnessing a new member of the Georgia National Guard be sworn into the Army National Guard by our colleague and veteran, Representative John Yates.

Tuesday, January 27 was National Holocaust Remembrance Day where we had the privilege of meeting another group of courageous Georgians. On this day, we paid special tribute to the Holocaust witnesses of liberation. These heroic Americans served in the U.S.militaryduring World War II. They were each recognized in the House Chamber for their contribution to history preservation and the role that they played in the liberation of the Holocaust. Our colleague, Representative John Yates was among the six honorees that were recognized before the House.

Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins, CEO Steve Koonin, coach Mike Budenholzer, shooting guard Kyle Korver, and forward Elton Brand all represented the Atlanta Hawks at the Capitol on Tuesday, January 27. After a recent 16 game winning streak, the Hawks were recognized before the House for their sportsmanship, citizenship, and positive economic impact on Atlanta.

As we move into the fourth week of the 2015 legislative session, committees will be meeting more frequently to discuss pieces of legislation. I would love to hear your input on any bills that come before the House because youropinions helpguide my decisions on Capitol Hill. I encourage you to call my office at  678-438-7181. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your state representative.

2015 Legislative Session Weekly Wrap-up: Week Two

Dale Rutledge

The House and Senate appropriations committees held a series of joint budget hearings during the second week of Georgia General Assembly’s 2015 legislative sessions. This week, we began reviewing the Governor’s budget recommendations and creating laws that will control the state’s spending. Through this process, we must outline two balanced state budgets: an amended budget for the current fiscal year (AFY 2015) and a full budget for the following fiscal year (FY 2016).  The full fiscal year budget uses a projected state revenue estimate to guide state spending from July 1 to June 30. The amended budget uses a more accurate estimate of state revenue and accounts for any differences between the projected estimate and actual revenue gained. During this time, we had the opportunity to examine recommendations and hear testimonies from various state agencies, explaining their budgetary needs and answering questions from House and Senate members.

We have seen sustained growth in the state’s revenue, allowing for an addition of“new” funds in the budget. Gov. Deal’s AFY 2015 budget includes an addition of $276 million in “new” funds, and the FY 2016 budget projects an additional $670 million increase.

Key notes from our joint budget hearings included the following topics:

Education

– For FY 2015, the governor designated $15 million for local governments through the Forestland Protection Grant, including $8.3 million that will go directly to local school systems.

– The AFY 2015 budget also includes an additional $35 million in grants to increase broadband internet access in Georgia classrooms.

– The Governor’s budget for FY 2016 will include $239 million for enrollment growth.

– $280 million for local school systems to increase instructional days, eliminate furlough days and enhance teachers’ salaries.

– Funds to restore two planning days for pre-K teachers.

– Increase in awards for HOPE scholarships and grants.

– An additional $6 million in low-interest loans for higher education.

Children

– Gov. Deal allotted nearly $4.9 million for clinical trials through Georgia Regents University. These trials will study the success and safety of cannabis oil in children with certain types of seizure disorders.

Other Initiatives

– Funds for an additional 175 case workers to manage child abuse and neglect cases.

– 11 new adult protective service caseworkers to manage reports of elder abuse.

– The replacement of 187 state patrol vehicles.

– An expansion of accountability courts (cost effective justice alternative to prison for non-violent, first time offenders).

How the budget becomes law:

1. The House Appropriations subcommittees will eventually pass portions of the budget in their respective subcommittees.

2. Those portions of the budget will then go before the full House Appropriations Committee, which will review and pass balanced budgets.

3. The budget then goes to the Rules Committee to be placed on the House calendar.

4. Next it goes to the House floor, where every member of the House will have the opportunity to voice opinions before voting upon the budget.

5. Once the budget passes the House, it will go to the State Senate and repeat this same committee process.

6. The budget then makes its way through the Senate Appropriations subcommittees, the Senate Appropriations Committee, and the Senate floor vote (the budget might be a bit different from its original version as passed by the House).

7. The Speaker of the House and the Lieutenant Governor will both appoint a conference committee to work out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the  budget.

8. Once the conference committee reaches an agreement, their version of the budget then goes back to the House and Senate for a final floor vote. Both chambers must vote on the conference committee’s version of the budget to ensure that all contents are completely agreed upon by both chambers.

9. Finally, if approved by both House and Senate, the legislations are sent to the governor’s desk for consideration. Once signed by Governor Deal, the budget becomes law.

As laws make their way through the legislative system, I welcome you to reach out to me with questions and concerns. You are always welcome to visit me at my office, which is located at 1320 Lakehaven Pkwy McDonough, GA. 30253. You may also call my office at  678-438-7181, or reach me via email me at dale.rutledge@house.ga.gov. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your representative.

2015 Legislative Session Weekly Wrap-up: Week One

Dale RutledgeMonday, January 12, 2015, was the start of the 153rd Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly, marking the first day of the 2015-2016 term. All 180 members of the Georgia House of Representatives were sworn into office and speaker David Ralson (R-Blue Ridge) and Speaker Pro-Tempore Jan Jones (R-Milton) were both reelected to their respective positions.

Governor Nathan Deal held his inauguration and also delivered his annual State of the State address, where he conveyed his assessment of the current condition of our state government and goals for continued success in the new year.

In his address, Gov. Deal addressed the following key points:

– Georgia’s notable progress through the creation of 319,000 jobs and a 643 percent increase in the state’s rainy day fund and the future growth for the upcoming years, as companies like Mercedes-Benz USA and Porsche North America relocate their headquarters to Georgia.

– Existing needs to be addressed in the coming months by the General Assembly.  He called for the establishment of an Education Reform Commission to continue to improve our education system. This commission will be studying the following topics regarding our education system: increasing access to Georgia’s early learning programs, recruiting and retaining high quality teachers, expanding school options for Georgia’s families, examine the most appropriate ways to modernize our Quality Basic Education (QBE) funding formula, which was created in the 1980s.

– He also suggested a constitutional amendment to create Opportunity School Districts, meaning the state would help to rejuvenate failing public schools. The General Assembly will continue to invest in education, with  this year’s budget, along with his proposal for next year’s budget, brings in over one billion additional dollars for K-12 education.

– He continues to look at improving the quality of life for Georgia’s children by recommending additional funds for the Department of Family and Children Services. He also expressed support for the decriminalization of medical cannabis oil in Georgia for those that have obtained it legally in another state, meaning those who purchase the medical oil in another state could legally come back to Georgia.

– His last topic was on Georgia’s increasing transportation needs. Georgia is now the 8th most populated state. A cut to the state’s revenue from the excise tax has caused a rise in fuel efficient vehicles, so we will be working together with Governor Deal to fill in those budgetary gaps.

After Gov. Deal announced his goals, he then released his budget proposals on January 16. Just as in his State of the State address, he also made education a top priority in the state’s budget.For the Amended Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the current fiscal year, he designated $8.3 million directly to local school systems and an additional $35 million in grants to help classrooms across the state gain greater access to broadband internet. In his Fiscal Year 2016 budget, he set aside more than a half a billion dollars in new funding for Georgia’s education system, including $280 million that will help local school systems increase instructional days, eliminate furlough days, and enhance teachers’ salaries.

I wanted to share a few highlights from his budget proposals. My hope is to provide you with more information next week, once my colleagues and I carefully review the recommendations in our Joint Budget Hearings with the Senate. Head over to our website www.house.ga.gov to watch our hearings online, watch the House in action, view live and archived committee meetings, and review legislation that we are considering.

We also received our committee assignments for the 2015-2016 legislative term, this week. I am proud to announce that Speaker Ralston and the Committee on Assignments appointed me to serve on the following House committees: Ways and Means and Transportation committees.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and share your thoughts and opinions as we move throughout the legislative session this year. You are always welcome to visit me at my office, which is located at 1320 Lakehaven Pkwy McDonough, GA. 30253. You may also call my office at 678-438-7181, or reach me via email me at dale.rutledge@house.ga.gov. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your representative.

March 8, 2013 Weekly Update

 

Week Ending March 8, 2013

As your representatives, it is important for us to consider your views throughout the legislative process.  Please feel free to call our capitol office at 404-656-0109 or email us to tell us what you think about the issues facing our state. 

           Thursday, March 7th marked the 30th legislative day of the 2013 session.  Known as “Crossover Day,” this critical point in the session marks the last chance for most bills to pass the legislative chamber from where they originated.  This is because by the end of Crossover Day, all legislation passed by the House must “cross over” to the Senate, and vice versa.  As a result, any House bill that has not passed the House by the end of Crossover Day will have little chance of becoming law this year, because the remaining ten legislative days will be used to consider Senate bills.  Due to this deadline, the House worked long hours this week, debating and voting on lengthy lists of pending legislation.

 

One of the bills passed this week that may directly affect your family is House Bill 123, the Parent and Teacher Empowerment Act.  This legislation would allow parents to petition their local school board to convert their traditional public school into a public charter school. HB 123 also provides parents and teachers several options for transforming low-achieving schools.  These options would allow parents and teachers to decide whether their low-achieving school should: 1) remove administration; 2) restructure the school; 3) allow students an option to transfer to a better performing school in the district; 4) utilize a school management team; and/or 5) impose student improvement plans. To enact these options or convert to a charter school, more than 50 percent of parents or teachers would have to sign a petition. The petition would then go before the local school board for consideration, who could defeat the petition by a simple majority vote.  If, however, a petition is supported by more than sixty percent of parents or teachers, the board must have a two-thirds vote to reject the petition.  This measure is intended to engage students, inspire teachers, and involve parents in their children’s education.

 

Another bill passed this week would help veterans find jobs after returning home from serving their country and protecting our freedom.  House Bill 188 creates the potential for newly honorable discharged veterans who have received training in certain specialized skilled trades to receive an initial professional license for that trade from the Secretary of State.  The bill does this by creating a committee that would identify military jobs with requirements that meet or exceed Georgia requirements for certification in skilled trades applicable to HVAC, plumbing, electrical contracting, utility foreman or residential light commercial contracting.  If their research shows it is appropriate, the committee could allow an exemption from some Georgia requirements for veterans with these skills.  The committee could also certify military spouses living in Georgia who have a skilled trade certification from another state if the committee determines that the other state’s requirements meet or exceed Georgia’s requirements.  This will help our state fill the 60,000 vacancies in these skilled trades expected over the next seven years and reduce the number of unemployed veterans in Georgia.

 

One of the most debated bills on Crossover Day, House Bill 512, would allow licensed weapons holders who have gone through the process of finger printing, a background check, and a mental health inquiry to obtain a Georgia Weapons License (GWL) to carry their firearms in more places in Georgia than currently allowed by state law.  This bill, known as the Safe Carry Protection Act, would allow property owners – not the government – to decide whether a licensed weapon holder may carry a gun in their places of worship and establishments that primarily serve alcohol beverages. The bill would also allow GWL holders to carry their firearm in a government building that is not afforded the protection of security services at the entrances or exits of the premises.  Additionally, HB 512 would allow gun owners to carry their firearms on most areas of public college campuses, but would not allow weapons in residence halls or competitive sporting events. 

 

Further, the Safe Carry Protection Act would no longer require fingerprinting for GWL renewal, but would continue to require fingerprinting for first time applicants.  Another important section of this bill creates uniformity in Georgia gun laws by making the General Assembly solely responsible for regulating possession, ownership, transfer, licensing, and registration of firearms or other weapons, as well as gun shows. HB 512 would also give each local Board of Education the option to designate one or more administrators to possess a weapon in a school safety zone. The bill additionally addresses the issue of gun owners who unknowingly bring their weapons to commercial airports.

 

Moreover, the Safe Carry Protection Act improves Georgia’s gun laws by strengthening mental health inquiries for obtaining a Georgia Weapons License. HB 512 would make it mandatory for a probate judge to perform an inquiry with the Georgia Criminal Information Center (GCIC) to determine whether applicants for a Georgia Weapons License have received involuntary treatment ordered by a court or medical professional. Applicants who have received involuntary treatment within the last five years could only receive a license if the probate judge determines that the applicant is mentally fit. The bill also prevents any person falling into any of the following categories from receiving a Georgia Weapons License: (1) anyone who has been under the care of a guardian or a conservator appointed to represent that person as a result of a mental illness or substance dependency within the last five years; (2) anyone who has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial; (3) anyone who has been found not guilty by reason of insanity; (4) anyone who is a registered sex offender; or (5) anyone who has made a threat against another person that was reported to the GCIC within the last five years.

 

This week we also passed House Bill 287.  This bill was introduced in response to the numerous comments we received from Georgians who were upset by a reduction in the state Archives’ operating hours. Georgians contacted their state representatives to let us know they wanted the archives to stay open, and we listened. Your emails, letters, and phone calls led us to pass HB 287, which would reassign the Division of Archives and History from the Secretary of State’s office to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

 

In addition to House Bills 123, 188, 512, and 287, we also passed House Bills 34, 36, 45, 78, 94, 104, 124, 125, 127, 131, 132, 139, 146, 150, 184, 189, 192, 197, 199, 203, 207, 211, 215, 229, 238, 240, 256, 266, 268, 271, 276, 287, 289, 296, 297, 310, 317, 318, 323, 332, 337, 345, 350, 354, 361, 362, 365, 371, 372, 375, 381, 382, 389, 399, 400, 402, 407, 434, 443, 451, 454, 458, 463, 473, 475, 482, 486, 487, 497, 494, 499, 506, 513, 511, 517, 520, 536, 537, 538, 539, and 540, as well as House Resolutions 73, 107, 502, 549, and 603

 

Now that this legislation has been approved by the House, it has been sent to the Senate for consideration. If passed by the Senate and signed by the governor, these bills will become law.  You can learn more about these bills and track their progression through the legislative process by visiting our website at www.house.ga.gov.

Now that Crossover Day has passed, the remaining ten legislative days will be used to consider legislation already passed by the Senate. Please let us know if you have any comments or questions regarding this Senate legislation. We will be sure to consider your comments as the Senate bills begin to make their way through the House committee process.

We welcome you to visit us at the capitol during this legislative session. You can also reach out to us with your questions or concerns by contacting us at:

Dale Rutledge, District 109

404-B Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg.

Atlanta, GA 30334         404.656.0109 – Office

Andy Welch, District 110

404-F Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg.

Atlanta, GA 30334         404.656.0109 – Office

Brian Strickland, District 111

404-C Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg.

Atlanta, GA 30334         404.656.0109 – Office

Dale Rutledge
District 109

 Dale Rutledge at desk on floor

Andy Welch
District 110

 Andy Welch at desk on floor

Brian Strickland
District 111

 Brian Strickland at desk on floor

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March 1, 2013 Weekly Update

 

Week Ending March 1, 2013

As your representatives, it is important for us to consider your views throughout the legislative process.  Please feel free to call our capitol office at 404-656-0109 or email us to tell us what you think about the issues facing our state. 

            Friday, March 1, 2013, marked the 27th legislative day of the 2013 legislative session. Now that we’re almost three quarters through session, the House is considering more legislation than at any other time this session. We spend longer days at the capitol, and vote on more legislation. Some of the bills we passed this week would strengthen Georgia’s ethics laws, modernize Georgia’s juvenile justice code, and create uniformity in the way Georgia teachers are evaluated.

 

            House Bills 142 and 143 would strengthen Georgia’s ethics laws by banning expenditures by lobbyists on individual members of the General Assembly and by making common sense changes to the campaign contribution disclosure requirements. HB 142 specifically bans gifts of tickets to athletic, sporting, recreational, musical concerts and other entertainment events from lobbyists to state officials, which is currently allowed. The only exception would be for events where all members of the General Assembly are invited like the annual legislative day held at UGA, Georgia Tech or other collegiate sporting events held in Georgia.  Food and beverages may be provided to legislators only at group events where all members of the General Assembly, all members of the state House or Senate, all members of a standing committee or subcommittee of either body or a caucus of either body are invited.  HB 142 also restores power to the Georgia Government and Campaign Finance Commission by empowering it with rule making authority.  Further, it clarifies and broadens the definition of who must register as a lobbyist.  HB 143 will require greater transparency in campaign finance by requiring disclosure of all contributions of more than $100 received between January 1st of each year and the convening of the General Assembly’s regular session.  These campaign contributions would have to be disclosed with five days of the beginning of the legislative session.

 

            House Bill 242, or the Juvenile Justice Reform bill, would substantially revise and modernize provisions relating to Georgia’s juvenile proceedings and enact comprehensive juvenile justice reforms.  These changes have been discussed by advocacy organizations for years and many were recommended by the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform, which Governor Nathan Deal asked to study the state’s juvenile justice system and formulate ways to improve public safety while decreasing costs. Among the changes enacted by HB 242 are general definitions of key terms used in juvenile courts and guiding principles that would apply in all juvenile court proceedings. HB 242 would also provide consistency with national standards for cases involving children who have been abused or neglected by the adults responsible for their well-being. Additionally, the bill would create a new approach for children who have committed acts that would not be against the law if they were adults, such as skipping school, running away from home, or violating curfew. This bill also revises current law regarding how Georgia courts determine a child’s competency in juvenile proceedings. In addition to the many changes made to Georgia law governing juvenile proceedings in state courts, HB 242 makes some changes to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

 

            House Bill 244 would create uniformity in the way Georgia teachers are evaluated by establishing a single statewide educator evaluation system. This evaluation system has been piloted in 50 districts across the state, and teachers, superintendents, principals, and advocates who participated in the pilot program all came together to publicly support this bill.  The evaluation system implemented by HB 244 would become effective no later than the 2014-2015 school year, and would apply to teachers, assistant principals, and principals. Creating this evaluation system would ensure all public school teachers and school leaders in Georgia receive the feedback they need to grow and improve in their profession. This evaluation would recognize the outstanding teachers in this state, and identify specific areas that teachers can improve to become outstanding teachers. Because the evaluations will be used to help educators receive the feedback they need to do the best job possible, the evaluation system would include measures to protect educators’ privacy. 

 

      In addition to House Bills 142, 143, 242, and 244, we also passed House Bills 70, 141, 155, 156, 175, 177, 187, 205, 210, 226, 252, 266, 274, 281, 283, 293, 302, 315, 320, 324, 327, 328, 329, 336, 384, and 388. Now that this legislation has been approved by the House, it has been sent to the Senate for consideration. 

We welcome you to visit us at the capitol during this legislative session. You can also reach out to us with your questions or concerns by contacting us at:

Dale Rutledge, District 109

404-B Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg.

Atlanta, GA 30334         404.656.0109 – Office

Andy Welch, District 110

404-F Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg.

Atlanta, GA 30334         404.656.0109 – Office

Brian Strickland, District 111

404-C Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg.

Atlanta, GA 30334         404.656.0109 – Office

Dale Rutledge
District 109

 Dale Rutledge at desk on floor

Andy Welch
District 110

 Andy Welch at desk on floor

Brian Strickland
District 111

 Brian Strickland at desk on floor

Copyright © 2013. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

Week Ending February 8, 2013 Update

combined 3 rep newsletter logogThe fourth week of the 2013 legislative session proved to be an important week under the Gold Dome.  Committees met to consider legislation, Chief Justice Carol Hunstein of the Georgia Supreme Court delivered the State of the Judiciary Address, and we ended the week by approving the Amended Fiscal Year 2013 state budget.

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