Sine Die – quick session end update – more to come

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your state Representative during the 2011-2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly. It was quite an honor and a great experience to serve and I thank you for providing me that opportunity.

I believe the 2011-2012 session was very successful and I have highlighted a number of issues below that received attention.

Session Highlights

Key bills passed during the 2011-2012 Session 

I support each of these bills that passed and have been sent to the Governor for his signature.

Two State Budgets adopted and signed by the Governor balanced each year at per person spending levels equal to about 2001 spending.

HB 200Anti-Human Trafficking is a cooperative effort of the legislature, Attorney General, and Georgia Commission on Family Violence to address a terrible scourge in our state and especially metro area.

HB 326HOPE Scholarship preserves at 90% the tuition program for students maintaining a 3.0 GPA and establishes the new Zell Miller Scholarship at 100% tuition for exceptional students earning a 3.7 GPA.

HB 87, Illegal Immigration Reform requires employers to use the E-Verfiy system for new hires, provides law enforcement tools and assurances needed to combat illegal immigration, and preserves human dignity.

SB 36Pill Mills – provides a Georgia drug registry to attack the exploding problem of prescription drug abuse.

SB 10Sunday Sales permits local jurisdictions to hold a referendum on whether or not package sales of alcohol are allowed within their community.

HB 47, Insurance Across State Lines permits Georgia residents to purchase certain accident and health policies offered in other states.

HR 1162, Constitutional Amendment to permit the state to fund certain Charter Schools.

HB 386, Georgia Jobs and Tax Reform Plan that cuts taxes and provides private sector job creation support.

HB 641, the Child Protection and Safety Act that updates our Juvenile Justice Code.

SB 33, Zero Based Budgeting that requires state agencies and departments, at least once every ten years, to begin their budgeting process at zero.

HB 861, the Social Responsibility and Accountability Act that requires applicants for welfare to submit to a drug test.

HB 397, Open Meetings and Open Records that expands access and reduces cost for citizens and imposes penalties for failure to disclose.

HB 954, Fetal Pain Bill that prohibits abortions past 20 weeks with certain limited exceptions.

HB 872, the Metal Theft Bill that addresses the problem of copper theft (I did not vote on this measure as the company I work for recently opened a recycling facility).

There are a number of other measures worth mentioning. I will publish a more detailed list of legislation in the coming days.

I encourage you to contact me with any comments or questions you have about the legislation being considered at the state Capitol.  Now that we are out of session, you may reach me on my cell phone at 404-966-5804 or via email

I would like to return next session and continue to serve as your state Representative. Therefore, I am asking for your continued support. Please click this link and join in support of my campaign for re-election by contributing today.

Thank you,
Brett Harrell