Last week was the second week of the Georgia’s General Assembly 2016 legislative session. The second week is typically considered “budget week” and is cut short by the MLK Holiday on Monday and Joint Budget Hearings on Tuesday.
There haven’t been any substantive floor debates on legislation yet in either chamber, but that’s likely to change quickly. The House Rules Committee begins meeting on Tuesday 26 January and will begin pushing bills out to the body from there.
Each year the Legislature passes two budgets: the “Little Budget” (amending the second half of the current fiscal year’s budget for JAN16-JUN16) and the “Big Budget” (JUL16-JUN17). We will likely see the “little budget” come before us very quickly, which shouldn’t include many changes other than natural formula/population growth for Education and Medicaid enrollment (our state’s largest budget items).
We have also completed the calendar for the rest of the legislative session. Sine Die (the last day) has been set for March 24, and then you’ll be able to dig your wallets back out of the backyard until next January. You can see the remainder of the calendar here.
To keep up with my work, you can see all of the legislation that I am sponsoring and cosponsoring here. You can also keep up me throughout the week with updates via my website, my Facebook page, and my Twitter.
This week we will be in session through Thursday- If you’re near the Capitol call me on my cell phone at (678)523-8570. I would love to give you a tour of the People’s House!
If I can be of any service to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you for allowing me to represent our families in our House of Representatives-
Go make it an Outstanding day!
Representative Michael Caldwell
20th District | House of Representatives
152nd and 153rd General Assemblies
State of Georgia