The Capitol Express

The Georgia General Assembly completed Day 20 on Friday, February 22nd which marked the halfway point of this year's session. As the session progresses, and bills begin to move out of committees, the Floor Sessions will involve more legislation -- please use the Daily Legislative Reports link in the right panel of this email to see the daily work and reach out to me with your thoughts or if I can be of assistance.

On Friday the House passed the "mid-year budget", HB 30.

Link to full document of Midyear Budget Highlights

Some other bills of interest that passed the House the Week of 2/18/2019:
  • HB 183 preserves your right to appeal your property tax assessment
  • HB 63 creates exceptions to Step Therapy requirements and will save lives.
  • HR 164 provides for a Constitutional Amendment to allow for Fee Dedication so the state government is bound to spend your money as promised.
Really want The Capitol Express to be an asset for you as citizens of the 49th District. Please spread the word, forward the email, and let me know the items you'd like to see highlighted.

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We will convene for Legislative Day 21 on Monday, February 25th and will remain hard at work for you, focused on delivering results for Georgians.

If I can be of service please contact me via the information below.

Yours in Service for Georgia,

First name

Representative Chuck Martin
District 49
On the web:
Phone: (404) 656-5064
Address: 417 Capitol Building, Atlanta, GA 30334

Chief Justice Melton - State of Judiciary 

On Tuesday, February 19th, Chief Justice Melton delivered the State of the Judiciary, saying our state's justice system is strong.

Georgia is beginning to benefit from the Criminal Justice Reforms implemented by former Governor Nathan Deal.

I am confident in Justice Melton and know he will make sure Georgians are treated fairly and justly by the Georgia Courts.

Co-sponsoring HR-306 to Lower Georgia's Income Tax Rate for the Second Year in a Row

Continuing work to lower taxes on hard working Georgia, was happy to co-sponsor HR 306 along with Rep. Chuck Efstration and others.    Link to resolution:   HR 306

I continue to work with colleagues like Rep. Penny Houston to keep a watch on Georgia's Tax Expenditures and make sure Georgians get a value for every tax dollar the entrust to the State of Georgia.
Meet Dr. Brooks Keel, President of Augusta University

Great to meet Dr. Brooks Keel, President of Augusta University and AU Health. AU Health is implementing exciting plans for improving educational opportunities for Georgia's future medical professionals. 

As Chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education, I will work with Dr. Keel and others in University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia to provide the best possible educational opportunities for Georgians.
Great to meet Alpharetta High's own, State President of FBLA, Vaishu Adimulam.
Great to meet Future Business Leaders of America State President Vaishu Adimulam. The Georgia Charter is the largest in the US and  FBLA does a great job building leaders for Georgia's future.

I continue to concentrate on providing the best educational opportunities for Georgia students.  I look forward to working with FBLA in our Georgia High Schools to assist our students as the transition to college and careers. 

In This Issue...
Chief Justice Melton
Lowering Income Tax Rates
Meet Dr. Brooks Keel
Meet Alpharettta's own: Vaishu Adimulam
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