The week after crossover is a busy time in the Georgia House of Representatives, as legislation passed by the senate is considered in the House standing committees. Many House committees, such as the Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications committee that I am honored to chair, review many senate bills and resolutions in subcommittees before considering them in full committee, in order to provide a thorough vetting process.

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The House Approves Its Version of FY2019 Budget

The Georgia General Assembly is constitutionally required to pass a balanced budget each year, and the House took a step in fulling this constitutional obligation on Friday, March 9, by granting initial passage to House Bill 684, the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 2019) budget. This year’s state budget will guide our state’s spending from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019. The FY 2019 budget was determined by a revenue estimate of $26 billion, which is an increase of $1.03 billion, or 4.1 percent, over last year’s budget. The House Appropriations Committee carefully reviewed each portion of the budget and meticulously allocated state dollars towards our state’s needs, and I would like to highlight some of the most significant budget allotments in Georgia’s FY 2019 budget.

Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications Meetings This Week

The House Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications Committee will be busy this week with three scheduled public meetings. The committee will meet on Monday, March 12 at 2 PM in Room 403 of the Capitol to consider Senate Bill 355. This legislation would put into statute that only nuclear generating plants approved by the Public Service Commission prior to January 1, 2018 are eligible to recover from its customers the costs of financing associated with the construction of a nuclear generating plant.

Also, on Monday, the committee will consider Senate Bill 396 which would update from landline to wireless the type of equipment the Public Service Commission may approve for funding of special telecommunications equipment for the deaf and hearing impaired.

On Tuesday, March 13 in the afternoon in Room 403 of the Capitol, the committee will hold a public hearing regarding the issue of offshore exploration and production of energy resources off the coast of Georgia. The exact time of the meeting will be posted on the Georgia House of Representatives website, and a notice will be sent to those who have expressed an interest in the issue.

I have scheduled a meeting of the committee for the afternoon of Thursday, March 15 in Room 403 of the Capitol to consider Senate Bill 426 . This legislation would streamline the process for Georgia's municipal governments and county governments to review and approve applications by telecommunications providers to install "small cell" technology in order that 5G cellular service may be available in the respective municipalities and counties. The exact time of the meeting will be posted on the Georgia House of Representatives website , and a notice will be sent to those who have expressed an interest in the issue.

Useful And Important Information On Budgeting For College

I am very appreciative of all the help I receive from my staff, and with the number of telephone calls, office visits, emails, etc., during the session, our session aides and college interns provide a tremendous amount of support, including important input for this newsletter. This article on budgeting for college and the next article below on Resources for New Cobb Business Owners, have been provided by the committee's intern from Georgia Tech.

Of course, there can be no discussion of paying for college in Georgia without mention of Georgia’s HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships. HOPE programs have helped finance more than 1.7 million students’ educations in Georgia in various capacities. Students at public and private universities and public technical schools benefit from this state-wide merit-based program. With adequate planning and hard work, any Georgian student attending an eligible in-state post-secondary institution can receive this assistance.
The Georgia Student Finance Commission is a great resource for more information about HOPE programs, which are listed in full here:
For more guidance about eligibility and award amounts, there is also a factsheet answering frequently asked questions available at

Resource Information for Cobb County New Business Owners
Cobb County is home to more than 100 of the Fortune 500 companies, and over 80,000 individual firms. Our infrastructure offers a welcoming community for new businesses to settle into. Starting or relocating a business can be hard, but small business owners have access to many resources online. The Cobb Chamber of Commerce advocates for over 2,500 local businesses, and offers a variety of services and resources on their website. A comprehensive list of business resources is available at .

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