Post-Session Newsletter: 2019 School Safety

As I travel around our district, it seems one issue dominates the minds of my constituents regardless of their age, gender, or political affiliation: school safety. I know I am not alone in my belief that it is more difficult to be a “kid” today than when I was growing up. Whether because of the internet and the proliferation of social media, the rigor of academics in pursuit of a college degree, or simply fewer and fewer strong parents and mentors, our children’s path to adulthood has more speedbumps and potholes than it did just a few decades ago.  Like every American, I am…READ MORE

Post-Session Newsletter: Medical Marijuana

In this week’s post-session newsletter, I want to take the opportunity to discuss one of the more significant pieces of legislation from the 2019 session: House Bill 324, the Georgia’s Hope Act. HB 324 allows for the production, manufacturing, and dispensing of low THC cannabis oil in Georgia. In 2015, the Georgia General Assembly and Governor Deal enacted House Bill 1, the Haleigh’s Hope Act, which provided for the first steps in allowing patients to legally possess low THC cannabis oil in our state. Georgia is currently one of 46 states that has either a comprehensive, publicly available medical cannabis program or permits the…READ MORE

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

Back in Session

Earlier this month, Georgia lawmakers gathered under the Gold Dome to kick-off the 2016 Legislative Session. During our time at the State Capitol, we will meet in various committees to discuss pressing issues like education, criminal justice, economic development, and transportation. On the House Floor, my colleagues and I will debate the issues of the day and work to advance legislation that makes our communities and our state stronger. As a legislative body, we will adopt a balanced budget that reflects our priorities and our values. With conservative policies that encourage job creation and business development, Georgia is experiencing strong growth in key sectors…READ MORE

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