Capitol Update Week 8 – Turning the corner

Crossover Day is behind us and the end is in sight for the 2016 Session of the Georgia General Assembly. Each chamber is now considering bills originating in the other.

Passing the House on Crossover Day –

HB 722 – Medical Cannabis Oil
HB 722 expands the list of qualifying medical conditions permitted to legally possess cannabis oil in Georgia by adding autism, epidermolysis bullosa, HIV, peripheral neuropathy, Tourette’s sysndrome, terminal illness, and post-traumatic stress disorder to the existing list. HB 722 passed 152 – 8. I voted YES.

HB 54 – The Fallen Heroes Bill
This measure honors public service officials killed in the line of duty and their families by providing cost free college tutition to their children. This bill supplements the current Georgia Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant program.   HB 54  passed unanimously – I voted YES .

All three of the bills I presented passed on Crossover Day –
Presenting a bill to the House.HB 935 – permits citizens to vote to provide an ad valorem Freeport tax exemption for ‘fulfillment centers’ to encourage location and development of such businesses within their community. Passed unanimously.
HB 936 – clarifies language with regard to job tax credits to insure all new jobs exceed a required wage to qualify for the credit. Passed unanimously.
HB 937 – extends by three years the sunset on sales tax exemptions for ‘projects of regional significance.’ These projects create an average1,800 new Georgia jobs with a capital investment averaging $650 million. Passed 161 -6.

Railway and Transit Subcommittee
Transportation Chair Christian Coomer appointed me to Chair the Railway and Transit Subcommittee of the House Transportation Committee this past week. I’ll hold our first hearing Monday afternoon on proposals by Rep. Buzz Brockway to establish Transit CIDs and Senator Lindsey Tippins to require a vote of the citizenry prior to expending public funds on transit within any county.
HR 830 – Create Transit Community Improvement Districts
HB 1032 – “Transit Rail Expansion Commission Act”
SB 420 – Referendum prior to expenditure of public funds for rail

Committee Meetings
Both the House and Senate are now actively considering bills – both remaining from last year as well as newly introduced legislation. You may view the meeting schedules online as well as watch many of the meetings live via your computer.
Live Video from both Chambers

Let me hear from you
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
Thanks for allowing me to serve,