Sen. Rick Jeffares: Gold Dome Update: Crossover Week

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Gold Dome Update: Crossover Week

By: Sen. Rick Jeffares (R-McDonough)

Monday, March 3, marked the General Assembly’s annual Crossover Day – the final day a bill can be considered in its primary chamber before moving to the opposite chamber. As required by Georgia law, we worked to adopt a broad range of legislation and passed 27 bills prior to the midnight deadline.

Although the Georgia Senate saw many of its priorities adopted on Monday night, these bills will now face their final litmus test –the Georgia House of Representatives. Upon passage in the House, all bills will travel to the Governor’s desk for final approval. As a refresher, all bills that are unsuccessful this year will need to be re-introduced in 2015 since this is the second half of a biennial term.

In total, the Senate passed 35 pieces of legislation this week. Continue reading

Sen. John Albers: Gold Dome Update: Crossover Week

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Gold Dome Update: Crossover Week

By: Sen. John Albers (R- Roswell)

This week, the Georgia General Assembly reached Day 30 of the 2014 Legislative Session, otherwise known as Crossover Day. If a bill hasn’t passed through either the House or the Senate by Day 30, it is not eligible for consideration during the current legislative year.

On Crossover Day, the General Assembly worked to pass 27 pieces of legislation that were placed on the Senate calendar. Moving forward, the Senate will begin taking up House bills – and vice versa. Continue reading

Sen. Bruce Thompson: Gold Dome Update: Crossover Week

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Gold Dome Update: Crossover Week

By: Sen. Bruce Thompson (R- White)

On Monday, March 3, the General Assembly reached Day 30, otherwise known as Crossover Day. Day 30 is a significant milestone for the Georgia General Assembly because it is the final day a bill can be considered in its primary chamber before moving to the opposite chamber. Any bill that did not receive a passing vote in its original chamber will not move forward in the legislative process and must be re-introduced next year.

This year, 27 bills received favorable passage on Crossover Day, and although the day was long, we adjourned in the Senate before 7:00 p.m.

We devoted two full hours of discussion to Senate Bill 98. In that time, several Senators compared a vote for the bill to a number of grotesque, provocative images, but every time I hear a story about abortion, I think of my amazing children. Continue reading

Sen. Bill Heath: Gold Dome Update: Crossover Week

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Gold Dome Update: Crossover Week

Sen. Bill Heath (R–Bremen)

Monday, March 3 marked the Georgia General Assembly’s annual Crossover Day – the final day a bill can be considered in the original chamber before moving to the opposite chamber. In preparation for Crossover Day, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time deciding whether each individual piece of legislation that comes across my desk will truly benefit the citizens of the 31st Senate District and those across the state.

On Crossover Day, the Georgia State Senate passed 27 bills over to the House of Representatives. Continue reading

Sen. Buddy Carter: Receives Honor from Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council for Georgia

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Sen. Buddy Carter Receives Honor from Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council for Georgia

Senator Buddy Carter (R- Pooler) received an award from the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council for Georgia (PACGA) for his advocacy and leadership in the industry yesterday.  Sen. Carter serves as the Chairman of the Public Safety Committee as well as Chairman of the Appropriations Sub-Committee on Public Safety.

“I remain dedicated to assisting this prestigious organization in their efforts of providing representation for all throughout our great state,” said Sen. Carter. Continue reading

Sen. Ross Tolleson: Update from the Capitol

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 TOLLESON: Update from the Capitol

By: Sen. Ross Tolleson (R- Perry)

The Senate cleared a big hurdle this week as we surpassed Crossover Day on Monday, March 3.  As expected on day 30, the Senate worked until dinner time to pass 27 bills before the midnight deadline.  The Crossover deadline means legislation must pass its chamber of origin in order to still be considered a ‘live’ bill for the remainder of the session.  Because this is the end of a two-term legislative session, all bills that did not pass the Senate on Crossover Day must be re-introduced into the legislative process during the 2015 session.

Last week the Senate granted final approval to the FY 2014 Amended Budget, and therefore was immediately transferred to the Governor for his signature. Continue reading

Sen. Renee Unterman: Presents Alzheimer’s and Mortality Rate Study to the Georgia Senate

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Sen. Unterman Presents Alzheimer’s and Mortality Rate Study to the Georgia Senate

Sen. Renee Unterman (R –Buford) presented an American Academy of Neurology (AAN) study on Alzheimer’s mortality rates to the Georgia Senate.

“New research has found that mortality rates among those with Alzheimer’s disease are much higher than originally projected,” said Sen. Unterman. “This is an alarming trend as Georgia’s aging population continues to grow and require specialized services and care.”

According to the study, Alzheimer’s disease accounts for many more deaths than previously reported, making it nearly as lethal as the nation’s two biggest killers – heart disease and cancer. Continue reading

Sen. Burt Jones: Update from the Capitol

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Sen. Burt Jones: Update from the Capitol

 

By: Sen. Burt Jones (R- Jackson)

On Monday, March 3, the General Assembly reached Day 30, otherwise known as Crossover Day. Day 30 is a significant milestone for the Georgia General Assembly because it is the final day a bill can be considered in its primary chamber before moving to the opposite chamber. Any bill that did not receive a passing vote in its original chamber will not move forward in the legislative process and must be re-introduced next year.

On Crossover Day, 27 bills received favorable passage, and although the day was long, we adjourned in the Senate before 7 p.m.  After Day 30, the Senate began taking up House bills – and vice versa. Continue reading

Sen. Jeff Mullis: Sprint to the Finish

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Sprint to the Finish

By: Sen. Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga)

The 2014 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly has only a few days left. This past Monday was the 30th day of the session; more commonly known as Crossover Day. The Senate passed 27 bills and resolutions ranging from adjustments to the State Health Benefit Plan to penalties for retail theft. After clearing Crossover Day, committee work doubles down to review the House Bills that were passed over to the Senate.

One of the most important bills considered in the Senate after Crossover Day was the FY 2015 general appropriations bill that sets the state budget for July 1, 2014 to June 31, 2015. Continue reading

Sen. Johnny Isakson: Weekly Newsletter

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From Senator Johnny Isakson:

This week, President Obama released his budget for Fiscal Year 2015. In it, the president called for more tax increases while backing away from entitlement reform proposals that he offered in last year’s budget.

The administration broke an important promise to Georgia when it once again failed to provide construction funding for the deepening of the Savannah Harbor. The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, or SHEP, is the state’s number one economic development project, and has bipartisan support from Georgia’s local, state and federal leaders. The president previously included SHEP in his 2012 “We Can’t Wait” initiative, in which he specifically pledged to expedite SHEP and four other port projects. Continue reading