Wednesday, February 17, 2016

2016 Legislative Update | Weeks 4-5

Its been a busy few weeks! The General Assembly is currently in its 6th week and the legislation is flowing. After just one or two substantive votes in the first three weeks, I count 58 floor votes on actual measures in the last five legislative days.

We’ve sent some great bills over to the Senate, but I’ve exercised my “no” button quite a few times so far as well. I’ll continue to scrutinize, and I’ll ask that you keep up the great work of helping me in that process. I have had more constituent emails, phone calls, etc. on measures facing the House this year than the last several combined. Thank you!

Earlier in the session I had mentioned an effort I was leading here at the Capitol on Georgia craft beer. We are one of only two states in the nation that do not allow beer sales in breweries. This, among some of our other more restrictive brewery laws, have a detrimental impact on our ability to compete with sister states (to the tune of about 12,700 direct jobs Georgia is missing out on).

In the interest of fixing that, I put forth HR 1345 that would establish a House Study Committee tasked with bringing back a comprehensive recommendation for reform next legislative session. In my pursuit of this (patting my own back for just a moment here), I hit a milestone I’ve only ever seen one other time here at the Capitol: I convinced garnered 91 cosponsors, a majority of the House of Representatives. You can see what that looks like below:

The legislative session is underway! I will continue to fight for smaller, more effective government in Georgia. Please help me keep an eye out for legislation and policy that you’d like to see or see defeated.

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