Legislative Update
Weekly Update 2020
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Senator Ed Harbison  
Georgia Senate
432 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
echarbison@earthlink.net
 
 
From the Desk of 
Senator  Ed Harbison


Greetings from the Gold Dome!

The 2020 session is rapidly approaching as we prepare to return to Capitol Hill on January 13, 2020, marking the second year of the current session term. Given the upcoming election cycle, with primary's taking place in May, we expect a quick but productive 40 legislative days on Capitol Hill. The two-year session cycle also means that any bills presented during the 2019 session are still available for passage during the 2020 year. The second year of any term is always hectic as we will closely monitor newly introduced legislation, while tracking last year's bills which did not receive a final floor vote before the day 40 deadline.

Although our General Assembly is considered a "part-time" legislature, we were busy throughout the off-session season participating in numerous study committees appointed by House and Senate leadership, traveling our districts and hearing constituent concerns. Study Committee reports, required to be submitted by the end of December, are expected to result in the introduction of many bills related to healthcare, education, rural initiatives as well as ongoing discussions regarding our upcoming fiscal year budget. Georgia law also allows us to pre-file bills for the upcoming session the first week of November, meaning pre-session debate has officially begun. If you are interested in checking out what bills have been pre-filed, I encourage you to do so at the Georgia General Assembly website. Below I have outlined a few areas that will most likely be up for debate. You can read these by clicking on my full report below. 

As always, if you have concerns, questions or ideas regarding any issue, my door is open. Please feel free to contact me anytime. Be on the lookout for weekly updates beginning next week!

It is an honor to work as your voice under the Gold Dome and I will continue my service to ensure that our district receives the attention and consideration it deserves at the state level. May God bless and keep you my friends and may He continue to bless the great state of Georgia.
 
Respectfully,
Ed Harbison
Senator of Georgia's 15th District
2020 Session Preview


County Tours

As many of you know, I have been taking time to tour the many counties within our district. These visits have been a great success and extremely informative as I get ready to go represent our district on Capitol Hill for the upcoming session.

Thank you to the many local leaders for welcoming me into your places or businesses, meetings and even homes over the past few months. It is a joy to work with you and a great reminder of how important it is that we all work in unison for the betterment of our communities. 

Thank you Macon, Chattahoochee, Taylor and Marion Counties for your warm welcome! We have hundreds of photos from our visits which you can access by making a visit to my Facebook page.