Monthly Archives: February 2016

Legislative Update

This past week was a very exciting one at the Capitol. On Monday and Tuesday, elected officials and civic leaders gathered in Atlanta for Effingham Day at the Capitol. It was great seeing everyone from home at the Gold Dome! Effingham Parkway Approved Citizens were uplifted as the the Effingham legislative delegation revealed the funding plan to allocate $44 million for the construction of two new lanes from SR 30 to Blue Jay Road in Effingham County.  The new roadway, which will be called Effingham Parkway, would begin at SR 30 approximately 1.5 miles west of SR 21 and be located across from Chatham…READ MORE

Budget Week at the Capitol

Unlike the federal government, Georgia lawmakers are required to pass a balanced budget. We work diligently during the legislative session to ensure that tax dollars are spent in a fiscally conservative manner that reflects your priorities and values.   After honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the House and Senate appropriations committees and subcommittees gathered last week for a series of joint budget hearings to vet Governor Deal’s budget recommendations and begin the process of crafting budgets for Amended Fiscal Year 2016 and Fiscal Year 2017.   Thanks to bold leadership in state government, Georgia has experienced strong economic…READ MORE

Legislative Update Week of Feb. 1

The General Assembly reconvened Monday, February 1 to start our fourth week of the 2016 legislative session. With a month of session behind us, we are hard at work studying, debating and voting on legislation that will have a positive impact for our citizens. Higher Education – STEM Courses Education remains a top priority for me and for the House Republican Caucus. This week, the House unanimously passed HB 801 which would change the GPA weighting system for HOPE Scholarship recipients who take certain science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses. For example, a student completing a class selected for extra weight would receive…READ MORE

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