2014 Capitol Update – Week 1 – State of the State, New Election Dates

The 2014 Session of the Georgia General Assembly began this week 

As you may know, the 2014 Session of the Georgia General Assembly began on Monday, January 13.

On Wednesday, January 15, Governor Nathan Deal presented his State of the State address. Governor Deal reported that the state is doing well as we begin to climb out of the recent recession. In addition to adding 217,000 new private sector jobs since taking office, Governor Nathan Deal’s conservative budgets have maintained the AAA bond rating, increased the rainy day fund by 518%, and downsized state governmentby reviewing over 40% of all budgetary programs through zero based budgeting. Governor Deal recommends in the FY 2015 over $8 billion in funding for education. The Governor is allocating more than 80% of new state revenues to education. You may read the Governor’s address at the link below:

http://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2014-01-15/deal-deep-freeze-over-georgia%E2%80%99s-economy-warms

We concluded our first week passing HB 310 that establishes earlier primary election dates to provide additional time for our overseas service men and women an improved opportunity to vote.

2014 Election Calendar

Qualifying: March 3 – 7
Additional Campaign Report Due: March 31
Primary Election Day: May 20
Primary Run-Off: July 22
General Election: November 4

Additional information available at Secretary of State Brian Kemp‘s website:http://sos.ga.govv

Members of the Gwinnett House delegation. L to R: Reps Tom Rice, Joyce Chandler, Chuck Efstration, Brett Harrell, B. J. Pak, Buzz Brockway, Timothy Barr, Brooks Coleman

Please take the opportunity to review updates like this one and stay informed about legislative matters that affect you, your family, business and community.  You may visit the Georgia House website at http://www.house.ga.gov to view live and archived committee meetings and review proposed legislation.

As always, I remain appreciative that you allow me to serve as your state Representative. I encourage you to contact me with any comments or questions you have about the legislation being considered at the state Capitol.  You can reach me at my Capitol office at 404-656-0254 or on my cell at 404-966-5804 or via email at brett.harrell@house.ga.gov.

Thank you,

Brett Harrell

At the Capitol
Please call, email, or visit Brett at the Capitol.

Representative Brett Harrell
601-D Coverdell Legislative Office Building
18 Capitol Square
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-656-0254
brett.harrell@house.ga.gov

Committee assignments:
Budget & Fiscal Affairs Oversight, Regulated Industries, Transportation, and Ways & Means