Capitol Update Week 9 – Only 5 days left

Qualifying for the May 24 Primary Election ended at noon on Friday and I have an opponent this year. I hope that my service to our community has generally been satisfactory to you and that I will continue earning your support so that I might return to the state House in 2017.

The ninth week of the 2016 Legislative Session also wrapped up Friday.  There are now only five Legislative days left in the 2016 session. The House passed several bills this past week and a number of other bills are working their way through the committee process in both the House and Senate.

Here are a few bills that may be of interest:

SB 277 passed the House this week by a vote of 113-45.  This bill makes it clear that neither a franchisee nor a franchisee’s employee is an employee of the franchisor for any purpose. This legislation was introduced in response to a recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling that changed the definition of the employer-employee relationship that has existed since the 1980s.  The bill now heads to the Governor for his signature.

HB 676 is a bill introduced by Gwinnett’s Rep. Buzz Brockway to improve the process for purchasing information technology.  For every purchase of information technology over $1 million, an Executive branch agency must develop a plan demonstrating the need and outlining the implementation.  This measure will save taxpayers money by making sure purchases of information technology are needed and properly implemented. HB 676 passed the House unanimously and will be voted on by the Senate tomorrow.

HB 859  which would allow college students over the age of 21 to obtain a concealed carry permit to carry their firearm on college campuses.  With the recent increase in crimes and sexual assaults on college campuses, I feel this is an important measure. HB 859 passed the Senate Friday and will be sent to the Governor for his signature.

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,
 Brett Harrell