Sen. Mike Dugan: Update from the Capitol


Sen. Mike Dugan: Update from the Capitol

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DUGAN: Update from the Capitol

 By: Sen. Mike Dugan (R- Carrollton)

The 2014 Legislative Session is officially underway, and there is much work to be done. With nine of the 40 allotted days for session complete, we have continued working toward passing a balanced, fiscally responsible budget and have ramped up the committee process to bring about bills that benefit all Georgians.

Two bills I am sponsoring are continuing to make progress through the legislative process, Senate Bill 283 and Senate Resolution 734.  SB 283, which would allow public schools to recognize winter celebrations such as Christmas and Hanukah without fear of legal retribution, was passed unanimously through a bi-partisan Senate Education and Youth Committee on Tuesday.  SB 283 will now travel to the Rules Committee where if passed will head to the Senate floor for a full Senate body vote.

SR 734, which would change the length of a state senator’s term to four years and set a limit of three terms, is still working its way through the process. We have written a formal letter asking for the Senate Ethics Committee to bring it up for consideration.  Hopefully we’ll see some positive action on that one in the next couple of weeks.

Thursday, I had the opportunity to meet with Culinary Arts students from Carrollton High School at the Capitol.  I was excited to welcome, Mrs. Paula Hannah, Culinary Arts Instructor, along with her students who worked tirelessly to prepare some great treats for the General Assembly.

I was also glad to meet with parents, teachers and students from Brighten Academy in Douglasville. It was great seeing such a happy and engaged group of young students come visit us. I always get excited when constituents from the 30th visit and I encourage you to come over throughout the legislative session.

Last week, I mentioned Governor Deal had delivered his State of the State Address to unveil his budgetary recommendations.  This week, the Fiscal Year 2014 (FY 14’) amended budget was approved by the House of Representatives and is now being reviewed by the Senate. The amended budget includes the current fiscal year budget and accounts for unexpected expenses or revenue shortfalls that occur throughout the year.  Once the Amended Budget is approved by both chambers, it will go to Governor Deal’s desk for his signature.

The General Assembly will convene again on Monday, January 27th for the tenth day of the 2014 Legislative Session.  I look forward to seeing many of you at the State Capitol this year and encourage you to reach out to me with any issues that you feel should be of importance to your elected officials.

As we move forward, I remain committed to supporting policies that promote business growth and get Georgians back to work. As always, it is a pleasure to serve the 30th Senate District. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 404.656.0036 or via email at

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