Capitol Update Week 5 – the pace quickens

Feb 10, 2018 No Comments ›› Brett

Full speed ahead The pace quickened during Week 5 at the House. Most importantly, the House passed HB 683 the Amended Fiscal Year 2018 (AFY 18) budget by a vote of 167-8. The AFY 18 budget is balanced at $25.3 billion and focuses on education, healthcare, and human services.   The House also passed HB 701 to permit employment testing for illegal opioid use. Georgia ranks 11th in opioid ...

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2018 Capitol Update Week 4 – Adoption, Efficiency, Opioids

Feb 3, 2018 No Comments ›› Brett

Adoption, Efficiency, Opioids The big news of week four was the House's unanimous passage of House Bill 159, legislation that would provide the first comprehensive update to Georgia's adoption laws in nearly thirty years. With the strong support of Governor Deal and Speaker Ralston, the House collaborated with the Senate and passed Rep. Bert Reeve's amended bill. Let me be clear, HB 159 as passed the ...

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2018 Capitol Update Week 3 – Off to Rules

Jan 27, 2018 No Comments ›› Brett

 Legislative Day 10 Done . . . Off to Rules With Legislative Day 10 done, we are now one-fourth of the way through the 40-day session. The House and Senate agreed and passed an adjournment resolution that set our legislative schedule for the remainder of the session. The 2018 Session of the Georgia General Assembly will end ...

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2018 Capitol Update Week 2 – Budget, Technology Capital

Jan 27, 2018 No Comments ›› Brett

SB 217 Autonomous Vehicle bill signing   Snow and cold impact budget week After pausing to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King on Monday, the second week of the Session began with Joint House and Senate Appropriations hearings on the Amended FY 18 budget (AFY18) and   proposed FY 19 budget (FY19) budget on Tuesday. Snow postponed Wednesday meetings and the House convened ...

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