Capitol Update – Week 10 – Crossover Day done!

Last Wednesday, March 16, marked the 30th legislative day – Crossover Day. In order for a bill to be heard by both the House and Senate and potentially signed into law, it must pass one of the chambers by the 30th day. The House debated and passed 41 bills on Crossover Day and adjourned at approximately 9 p.m.

Of particular note, the House passed HB 265 establishing a Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform that may address the $1 billion annual expenditure Georgian’s make to fund our current system of prisons. 

The House also passed HB 228 that returns unidentifiable sales tax proceeds back to local governments and HB 396 to allow for a referendum on the incorporation of the City of Peachtree Corners in Gwinnett.

An issue that generated a significant amount of email and floor debate dealt with hunting deer over baited fields. In as much as I am not a hunter, I relied on the calls and emails from hunters within District 106 to educate me on the issue. I believe I represented the majority of District 106 hunters by voting NO on HB 277. The bill did pass however.

Finally, Governor Deal and Speaker Ralston, once again demonstrated outstanding leadership as they continued to listen to Georgia citizens by pulling from consideration HB 476 that would have established the Georgia Health Exchange Authority that many believed was the first step of implementing the federal healthcare mandate in Georgia.

As the end of session draws near, 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 404-656-7859 or on my cell at 404-966-5804 or via email at brett.harrell@house.ga.gov

 Thank you for allowing me to serve as your representative,

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