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2019 Capitol Update Week 5 – HB 184 Small Cell (5G) passes House

Feb 16, 2019 No Comments ›› Brett

HB 184 Streamlining Wireless Facilities and Antennas Act passes House   This week the House passed HB 184 the Streamlining Wireless Facilities and Antennas Act.    This legislation provides access to the public right-of-way and standardizes the permitting process to facilitate deployment of next generation Small Cell (5G) technology. The Georgia Municipal Association, Association of County Commissioners, Verizon, and AT&Tworked together to support this compromise legislation benefitting ...

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2019 Capitol Update Week 4 – AFY 19 Budget passes House

Feb 16, 2019 No Comments ›› Brett

Amended FY 2019 Budget passes House This week the House passed the AFY 19 Budget including: 55% of all new revenue dedicated to K-12 education. $69 million providing school safety grants for every public school in the state. $8.4 million for mental health services in high schools. Passage of this amended budget clearly demonstrates that Governor Kemp and the House have prioritized educating our children in a safe environment. Bills ...

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Capitol Update Week 2 – Budget

Jan 26, 2019 No Comments ›› Brett

Highlights from Budget Week Success starts here. This week the House and Senate held joint Appropriations Committee hearings on this year's budget. As Ways & Means Chair, I sit on Appropriations as an Ex Officio member. Here are a few highlights of the AFY 19 / FY 20 Budget: $3,000 permanent salary increase for teachers, the largest teacher pay raise in Georgia history. A 2% merit ...

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2019 Capitol Update Week 1 – New Governor, new committee role

Jan 19, 2019 No Comments ›› Brett

We are underway in the 2019 Session The 2019 Session of the Georgia General Assembly gaveled to order on Monday, January 14. As I took the Oath of Office, I was again overwhelmed with gratitude that you allow me to serve in this position as your advocate at the state Capitol. Our first order of business was ...

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