Tuesday, February 2, 2016

2016 Legislative Update – Week 3

Our General Assembly is into its fourth week of the legislative session. The House met last week from Monday through Thursday, and though legislative activity on the floor of the chamber remains slow, the committees are now moving and shaking.

On Wednesday we were presented with the State of the Judiciary by Chief Justice Hugh Thompson of the Georgia Supreme Court. The Chief Justice made the often overlooked but incredibly important point that as Georgia grows economically, so does the burden in our court system. As we invest in infrastructure to continue our reputation as the #1 state for business, we must remember that the Judiciary is a part of that infrastructure. An efficient court system is crucial to both the preservation of our individual rights and the ability of business and citizens to adequately and promptly resolve disputes.

As I mentioned in last week’s update, we pass two budgets each year. Because the legislature meets halfway through our fiscal year, we are able to “true-up” the currently fiscal year budget. This “little budget” (or “Amended Budget” as it is more formally known) was adopted by the House in the form of HB 750 on Thursday. It involved an addition of nearly $1.1 billion, the majority of which is a product of the Transportation tax increase that was passed last year which I opposed. The remainder is nearly entirely accounted for in K-12 education enrollment growth and medicaid growth which are both required formula funding under the law.

The only other substantive vote taken on the House Floor last week was HB 742, the Internal Revenue Code update bill. Each year the Feds change their internal revenue code. Georgia’s law contains many references to that federal code, and requires an update each year to keep it current.

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 websitemy 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!

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Representative Michael Caldwell
20th District | House of Representatives
152nd and 153rd General Assemblies
State of Georgia