Your Georgia Desk:
TOLLESON: Update from the Capitol
From Sen. Ross Tolleson (R- Perry)
The Capitol halls are full of a sense of urgency as we continue to pass legislation as we prepare for Day 30, better known as Crossover Day- the last day a bill can pass to the opposite chamber. With Crossover Day being set for Monday, March 3, we must pass all bills to the House of Representatives before the midnight deadline. If any bill does not receive a passing vote in its original chamber, then it cannot move on in the legislative process and must be revived in the next legislative session.
The Perry Youth Leadership group visited Atlanta to learn about the legislative process and leadership responsibilities. After meeting with these young students, you can rest assured that our community has a promising generation of fine young people. It was also my privilege to present a resolution to members of the 4-H community on Monday. Throughout the day members from numerous 4-H groups held meetings to discuss legislative priorities and to learn more about the legislature. It is always nice to visit with this organization and to thank them for their hard work with our youth.
Members from the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce also visited this week; this group does a great job of providing resources for our residents, visitors and businesses within our community. Thanks for all that you do for our District. The week concluded by meeting with representatives from State Farm on State Farm Day, where they were commended for the insurance services they provide to thousands of Georgians.
This week the Senate gave our final stamp of approval to the Amended FY ’14 supplemental Budget. This $20.2 billion budget runs through June 30, 2014, and includes increases to K-12 education and the State Health Benefit Plan. Since the House and Senate have come to an agreement on this budget, the bill will now head to Governor Deal’s desk where it will receive his signature and thus signing it into law. Now we are focusing all of our attention on the General FY’15 budget which the General Assembly is required to pass by the end of session.
In the Natural Resources Committee, we heard two important bills which were passed out of committee. These bills will be on the Senate floor for a full body vote on Monday:
Senate Resolution 896 will create the Joint Study Committee on the Georgia Legacy Program to examine funding options for the protection and conservation of that state’s natural resources and land.
Senate Bill 333 establishes that persons are not aggrieved by listings in the hazardous site inventory that occur prior to July 1, 2014.
For the several more weeks, I will continue spending a lot of time at the Capitol working for you. If there are any issues you wish to have addressed, I would love to hear from you. I look forward to continuing my service on behalf of my constituents in the 20th Senate District. Georgia is on the right track. I am confident that the steps we take this year will mean lasting prosperity for future generations of Georgians.