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.
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.