The 2018 General Assembly Session begins Monday at 10:00 AM, and we will not meet Tuesday in consideration of Monday night's
National College Football Championship game at Mercedez Benz Stadium--GO DAWGS! We will reconvene on Wednesday, January 10th,and then break for the week of MLK for budget hearings on January 16 and 17; we start back on regular daily Sessions on January 21. On January 11th, Governor Deal will give his State of the State and budget message on the House floor, and like all House Sessions, his speech will be live-streamed on the General Assembly web site. You are invited to tune in any day--join us from your home or office computer!
In predicting the issues and politics of this election year, I was quoted in the AJC in an article written by Greg Bluestein -
" "A lot of political theater" was how state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver summed up her expectations of the typical election-year session.... "I want to do some real work" she added, "and I have some hope that we won't waste all our time on posturing." " . You can read the article here.
The 2018 Session is Governor Deal's final year in office, and I will be following closely his last installment of Criminal Justice Reform measures, and his budget priorities. I am confident he will propose major improvements in funding for children's mental health services, will increase the budget reserves to two billion dollars, but may not include my HB 53 that expands Juvenile Court jurisdiction to include 17 year olds accused of delinquent acts into his agenda -- I am not giving up on this bill yet. I also feel hopeful/confident that regardless of the Senate bad acts regarding religious liberty legislation, that Governor Deal will protect Georgia from financial damage/embarrassment and veto any bill that may sneak through.
Below are several issues that I hope will interest you. Please email, call, or message me anytime about your priorities. Thank you, and please answer my survey questions below, or suggest other questions you may want me to ask newsletter readers.