Sen. Judson Hill: 2015 Session Weekly Update # 4

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Sen. Judson Hill: 2015 Session Weekly Update # 4

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2015 Session Weekly Update # 4 – Capitol News from Sen. Judson Hill

We have settled into the 4th week of the 2015 Session. Local delegations have begun to meet to plan strategies for local legislation and our Appropriation Committees have been working hard in order to adjust the proposed budget for the 2015-2016 year. Bills are slowly beginning to move between the House and the Senate.Below is a list of notable legislation that has been introduced in the Senate and is under deliberation in their respective committees.

On Monday, the Senate Appropriations Committee will vote on the proposed Supplemental FY 2015 State budget. We have worked on adjusting the current FY 2015 ($20.8 billion) budget, later and we will also vote on the FY 2016 ($21.1 billion) budget. This 

2015-16 GA State Budget link  takes you to documents to view a more detailed description of Governor Deal’s proposed 2015 Amended and 2016 State budgets.

2015 Legislation of Note Passed or Introduced this Week in the Senate:

SB 69: This bill would protect our GA Defense Force from being fired while they are called up for service across the state before the GA National Guard is deployed.

SB 70 : This bill would require that armed security guards must complete a background check and be fingerprinted in order to begin a public safety related job.

SB 80: This bill is would revise provisions relating to funding for state charter schools and virtual charter schools.

SB 74 – I sponsored this bill to create a Charity Health Care Organization to provide a tax state deductible contribution to raise moneys for Charity Health Clinics that offer low cost and free healthcare for the un-insured.

TRANSPORTATION:

The House announced a transportation proposal a week ago –

 

HB 170 – Transportation Funding Act of 2015 with its main provisions being:

  • Eliminates sales tax on gasoline, local and state and converts it to an excise tax.
  • Expands present Excise (by the gallon) fuel tax to 29.2 cents per gallon and based on last four years sales price.
  • Includes Bonds $100 million for FY 16 for transit.
  • Provides an annual $200 fee yearly on alternative fuel vehicles
  • Allows local governments to add fuel excise taxes to replace sales taxes on fuel.
  • ESPLOST’s, SPLOST’s are intact until planned expiration

Please check weekly for my Session Newsletter for updates from the Capitol.

I encourage you to periodically review our high priority issues that we intend to address during this Session.
But more importantly, as always, I ask for your comments, suggestions, and questions  as we work together to develop an atmosphere that fosters job creation, fiscal responsibility, world-class educational opportunities for our children, and address our transportation and infrastructure challenges while protecting the rights of every Georgian.
If you would like additional information regarding a specific piece of legislation, you may access the  Georgia General Assembly website at www.senate.ga.gov
2015 COMMUNITY TOWN HALL MEETINGS PLANNED TO DATE:

Mountain View Regional Library – 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta

WHEN: Tuesday

Mondays – February 16 and March 23 from 7 to 8 PM

Sandy Springs City Hall – 7840 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs

 

WHEN: TBD

Please join me at these Town Hall meetings to hear more about the progress of the 2015 Session and to share with me your ideas and thoughts.

Fair Tax
 
The Fair Tax organization had a large event at the Capitol lobbying for a Fair Tax in the state of Georgia.  I held a series of Fair Tax hearings the summer of 2013 and continued more tax reform hearings last summer. A Study Committee report is avaialble on the Senate website. I was pleased last week to meet with a number of Fair Tax friends during their visit at the Capitol.
 
And ….
Happy Birthday Mr. President. Friday February 6th was President Ronald Reagan’s Birthday. America misses this tremendous leader.
Shelly and I appreciate your friendship and support. I wanted to let you all know that I am on Twitter and I invite you to follow me there:  http://twitter.com/Judsonhill
dtvI also have a personal Facebook page and would
welcome being Facebook friends. To visit my page go to:
www.facebook.com/judsonhill.  I am posting regular updates from the General Assembly while we are in session, and will continue posting about issues related to state government throughout the year.

Senator Judson Hill

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