Monday, January 18, 2016

2016 Legislative Update – Week 1

Last week Georgia’s General Assembly reconvened for the 2016 legislative session. Here we go! Though few votes were taken during the pomp and circumstance of week one, many bills have carried over from last session and the pace is picking up fast.

These are a few of the bills I am carrying so far for 2016:

  • HB 65, which would require local education agencies to meet similar transparency requirements to other local governments. This bill has already passed out of the House and the Senate Education committee and awaits a vote in the Senate.
  • HR 2, which would provide term limits for members of the Georgia General Assembly.
  • HB 423, which would require the Governor to provide a constitutional justification for each line item expenditure when submitting a budget proposal to the General Assembly.
  • HB 609, which would waive the tag fee on Purple Heart specialty tags for veterans who have been awarded a Purple Heart.

You can see all of the legislation that I am sponsoring and cosponsoring here.

This week also marked the annual “State of the State” address from Governor Deal. He highlighted the tremendous economic growth Georgia has seen over the past six years, noting that our state is currently seeing its lowest unemployment rate since the Great Recession at 5.6%. You can read his full remarks here.You can also keep up with many of the legislative updates via my websitemy Facebook page, andmy Twitter.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated on Monday while Tuesday will be dominated by budget hearings. The House and Senate will be reconvening for regular session this coming Wednesday January 20th.

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!

Michael Caldwell
Georgia House of Representatives
District 20