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|State Sen. Judson Hill: Week 4|
This week the General Assembly completed its 19th Legislative Day on Friday leaving us with 11 working days until Crossover Day – the last day that bills can transfer to the opposite chamber for passage this year. Since 2014 marks the end of a biennial term, all bills that don’t achieve final passage during the 2014 Session will die and must be completely reintroduced the following year to be considered.
We are now deep into the committee process. Each Committee in the Senate and House is reviewing many of ts assigned bills. It’s important that each bill is carefully vetted to make sure it’s impact will be positive for all Georgians, and that these same bills are free of unintended consequences or negative impacts.
I was Honored to host United Kingdom Day in the Senate with Her Majesty’s Consul General Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford. There is a Special Relationship between Georgia and the United Kingdom.
It was pretty cool to try on a pair of Google Glasses at the Capitol this week. It is amazing to think of the advances in technology that are occurring – much of it right here in Georgia at places like Georgia Tech.
The State Budget
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittees made up for lost time last week by working diligently to complete the Senate version of the proposed $20.2 billion Fiscal Year ’14 Amended Budget. The Amended Budget is a continuation from the previous year’s General Budget and recognizes the actual state revenues received and makes appropriate changes for the current fiscal year that end June 30th.
The Senate added an additional $130 million for school enrollment increases in K-12 and $58 million for the recent updates to the State Health Benefit Plan. Since the House version of the bill includes line items different than the bill passed in the Senate, members from both chambers will now determine a mutually agreed-upon bill before it ultimately heads to the Governor’s desk for final approval.
Many people and groups share important information with us and support measures that legislators advance. This week I spoke at theCapitol Coalition of Conservative Leaders press conference about my pro-life legislation and my legislation to stop Obamacare in Georgia.
February 6th President Ronald Reagan would have turned 103.
Having worked for him, I spoke on your Senate Floor to honor President Ronald Reagan for the American values and principles for which he stood.
The Senate took legislative action on a number of bills in several different policy areas last week. These bills will now transfer to the House for consideration or to the Governor’s desk for his signature. Some of the most notable bills that passed the Senate include:
House Bill 399
This legislation changes existing law regarding local possession or use of properties for airports. The bill ensures airport stores and kiosks are not subject to ad valorem taxation, provided the local interest in that specific store or kiosk creates an estate in land.
House Bill 743
The Senate’s version of the Amended Fiscal Year 2014 Budget, also known as the Supplemental Budget represents $20.2 billion in revenues and includes increases for K – 12 education, child welfare services and health care for teachers. If the House agrees to minor changes made by the Senate during our budget process, the bill will receive final passage and go to the Governor’s desk. If the House disagrees, a conference committee will be appointed to negotiate the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.
Senate Bill 240
This legislation would allow non-profit museums to manufacture and distribute samples of distilled spirits if an annual permit is obtained.
Senate Bill 283
SB 283 would allow public school systems to educate students about the history of traditional winter celebrations and greetings without policy constraints. This bill allows students and adults to participate in each other’s religions and teaches cultural tolerance while taking away the fear of legal retribution. No matter the holiday, we all deserve to have the freedom to acknowledge these traditions in our public schools without fear of litigation.
Senate Bill 288
SB 288 would require all interscholastic athletic agencies namely the GA High School Sports Association to annually post the previous year’s finances to the public. The financial report must cover all activities and include a summary of assets, liabilities, incomes and operating expenses.
Senate Resolution 736
SR 736 calls for a convention of the states to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government. We have watched the Federal Government spend beyond its means for far too long. It’s time we send a clear message demanding fiscal responsibility to Washington, D.C.
2014 COMMUNITY TOWN HALLS
I will hold a series of town hall meetings with Rep. Matt Dollar, Rep. John Carson and Sen. Albers throughout the first few months of 2014. The meetings will be held at Mountain View Regional Library,Walton High School Auditorium and Sandy Springs City Hall from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on February 10, February 19, March 10 and March 15 (11am to noon).
All Marietta, Cobb County and Sandy Springs residents are invited to attend.
Mountain View Regional Library - 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
WHEN: Mondays – February 10 and March 10 from 7 to 8 PM
Walton High School Auditorium - 1590 Bill Murdock Road
WHEN: Wednesday February 19 from 7 to 8 PM
Sandy Springs City Hall - 7840 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs
WHEN: March 15 from 11 AM to 12 noon
Please join me for my Town Hall meetings every month to hear more about the 2014 Session and to share with me your ideas and thoughts.
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Atlanta, GA 30334
Legislative Assistant - Abigail Thompson
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