This Week in Your Capitol | 07-10 Feb 2017
This note is coming your way a few days late as we found ourselves in session on Friday and we had a family medical issue to tend to over the weekend- Sorry for the delay, but on weeks we have Friday session (like this week), be watching for these late Friday evening or Saturday afternoons.
Its busy down here, y’all. Friday we finished up the fourth session week with the completion of legislative day 16. That puts us at 40% of the way through the session, and we had a calendar of bills to vote on every day last week.
On Tuesday evening, Rep. Turner and I traveled up from the capitol to join the Cherokee County Commission for a ‘make-up’ session after our annual delegation day with local governments was cancelled due to weather earlier in the year. We had a great, productive meeting and enjoyed the update from our Commissioners. The Cherokee Tribune covered the meeting in an article a few days later.
On legislative day 15, Georgia Craft Beer legislation made it out of the House Regulated Industries subcommittee and will be heard in full committee today (Tues 14 Feb). Happy Valentines Day to each of us as the bill hopefully progresses from full committee and becomes eligible for a floor vote (Fingers crossed!). The Medical Marijuana Working Group also made final recommendations on HB 65 to add six conditions to those currently permitted for a medical cannabis license, added a reciprocity clause for visitors to Georgia with comparable licenses and more. That legislation now continues to the Judicial Non Civil committee with our Working Group’s endorsement.
On Friday the House voted on the Hospital Provider Fee renewal, and I was one of 14 nay votes. You can see my explanation here, but simply put: I felt a 3 year extension on the program was too long given the uncertainty associated with the federal government and healthcare programs today. In addition to the fact that I believe we can accomplish that program without the associated tax, I was compelled to cast a no vote. In addition to that vote, we voted on legislation to insure firefighters against cancer caused in the line of duty, legislation to expand the scope of practice for dental hygienists, and more. You can see all of my vote write-ups for February so far here and all of my votes for this legislative session here.
We are back in session again today and will be here through Friday this week. Be on the watch for an update on this week’s activity on Friday afternoon.
Let me know if I can be of service to you- Please don’t ever hesitate to call. Thank you for allowing me to represent our families.
Go make it an Outstanding weekend!
Representative Michael Caldwell
20th District | House of Representatives
152nd, 153rd and 154th General Assemblies
State of Georgia