Senator Judson Hill
  
News from the Georgia Senate
  
January 25, 2013
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State Budget Hearings Week

 

 

This week, as a Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I attended the Joint House and Senate Appropriations hearings at your State Capitol. I participated in a careful, almost line-by-line review of the Governor's proposed budget and engaged in open conversation between legislators and state agency officials.

Governor Nathan Deal did an outstanding job as he presented his proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. Governor Deal has focused on saving taxpayers' dollars while utilizing state resources to work with, and for, small business job creators so we can grow jobs across Georgia.

I was most pleased to hear Ken Heaghney, the official state economist, share some potentially great news as he projected growth to pick up in the middle of 2013 projecting more rampant growth in 2014 for Georgia. We all hope he is right.

  

At the Capitol

State of the State

I, and other legislators, watched as Governor Nathan Deal delivered his annual State of the State Address to the General Assembly. Governor Deal laid the foundations for a strong and successful Georgia highlighting his leadership on public safety, education, healthcare, economic development, and ethics.

I look forward to continuing to work with Governor Deal as he leads Georgia making communities safer, improving educational opportunities, providing for infrastructure improvements, driving workforce development, generating a better business environment, and creating good jobs. Together, we have implemented innovative tax reform that incentivizes business growth, passed smart-on-crime criminal justice reform, and saved HOPE.

Read Governor Deal's State of the State Address here: http://ow.ly/h8CgA

Legislative Action

SR 1

The Senate passed a resolution that will amend the Senate Rules and cap gifts from any registered lobbyist or group of registered lobbyists at $100 per item, event or meal.

SB 24

Senate Bill 24, also known as the Hospital Medicaid Financing Program Act, passed the Senate on Thursday with a vote of 46 to 9. SB 24 authorizes the Department of Community Health to establish a financial structure to protect Georgia's healthcare system and obtain additional federal funding for the state's Medicaid program.

SB 24 will allow the Department of Community Health to continue assessing an existing provider fee. Collected fees will be deposited into a segregated account within the Indigent Care Trust Fund. The legislation mirrors a structure Georgia nursing homes have successfully operated under for more than a decade and is supported by hospital providers statewide.

The Board of Community Health will be responsible for drafting the framework and regulations necessary to collect the fee, but the Georgia General Assembly will retain legislative oversight and veto authority of all administrative decisions. If signed into law, SB 24 will become effective on July 1, 2013 and sunset on June 30, 2017. To further strengthen the General Assembly's oversight of our Medicaid programs and these dollars, I sponsored SB 62 creating a permanent legislative overview committee to achieve these objectives.

SR 8

I co-sponsored SR 8 - a Senate Resolution proposing an amendment to the Georgia Constitution to limit authority of the General Assembly to impose taxes on personal income and to provide for a phasing out of taxes on income. How we would transition to such a structure is important and we need to throughly study it so that we are fiscally responsible and meet all of our obligations.

Working for Georgia

I was proud to join with thousands of fellow pro-life supporters for the annual Together for Life event hosted by my friends at Georgia Right to Life. Georgia Right to Life does important work to protect and honor life from conception to death. This is the most pressing human rights issue of our time.

 


 In the District

I visited Sope Creek Elementary School in east Cobb and attended their Sunrise Program where daily students participate in an early morning physical fitness program with Coach Shawn. I am very impressed with this innovative PE program. I also toured the STEM lab in the new wing of the school - this is a blessing for these students. Additionally, I had the opportunity to visit with their outstanding Principal Martha Whalen and leaders of the PTA including Leith Daly, Jessica Appleyard, Kathleen Wilson and Anne Davidson.

I enjoyed attending the Pope High School PTSA meeting. I toured several 9th and 10th grade classes - good things are going on in Greyhound Nation led by Dr. Bob Downs.

Furthermore, I was honored to participate in the Annual Military Inspection Review Board for the Junior Navy ROTC in a joint ceremony for Kell, Lassiter, and Pope High Schools in Cobb County. Military leaders from around the region were in attendance to review these rising young heroes and future leaders from Georgia.

Fulton County legislators also met with many north Fulton leaders at the north Fulton Mayors and Municipal Leadership Lunch. I had an opportunity to listen to Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann, Mayor Eva Galambos of Sandy Springs, Mayor Jere Wood of Roswell, Mayor Michael Bodker of Johns Creek, Mayor David Belle Isle of Alpharetta, and many outstanding members of our city councils. 

  

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FIRST 2013 COMMUNITY TOWN HALL - Tuesday January 29th 7:00pm

 

Please join me for the first Town Hall of 2013

 

Mountain View Library - east Cobb - 3320 Sandy Plains Rd, from 7 to 8 pm - Tuesday January 29th

 

Please join me for my Town Hall meetings every month to hear more about the 2013 Session and to share with me your ideas and thoughts.

 

  

Sincerely,

 

Senator Judson Hill

 

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