Friday, March 31, 2017

This Week in Your Capitol | 28-30 March 2017

“Sine Die” is latin for “without a day”. Its the traditional name of the end of our legislative session, and yelled by the Speaker at the end of the 40th day of session to signify the end of the year’s legislative work.
These two last days in session have been swamped. Tuesday I arrived at the capitol just after 6am and we finished our work in the chamber just before midnight. Thursday I arrived at the capitol just before 6am and we declared “Sine Die” just before 1am.I’ll be putting together a more detailed run down on where I believe your legislature succeeded and where it fell short over the 40 day session, and I’ll probably publish a truncated version of that in the Townelaker and Around Woodstock magazines- so be on the lookout. For now:

Some successes? I told you at the start of session that two of my biggest priorities were meaningful reform for craft brewers and reform in our “safe haven” laws providing options for mothers who choose life. We got both of those measures to the Governor’s desk. The General Assembly also passed new medical cannabis oil legislation, fixed the double taxation on car leases under the Title Ad Valorem Tax, and of course- passed a balanced budget.

Some shortfalls? The House passed the first truly meaningful adoption law reform bill since 1970 which was killed in the Senate in the final hour of the session. The House also passed a flat tax (eliminating our multi-bracket income tax and replacing with a simple, single 5.3% rate) which also died in the Senate. I’ll pull together a more detailed run down through the next week as I recover from the finish and sort through the session.

More than anything, I want to say “Thank You“. I can’t begin to express how humbling it is that you trust me with your voice in our capitol. For as long as I’m in that chamber, I will remain an independent, Conservative voice for Woodstock. Thank you for the honor of representing our families.

If there’s anything I can do for you at all, please feel free to call me on my personal cell: 678-523-8570

Go make it an Outstanding weekend!

Representative Michael Caldwell
20th District | House of Representatives
152nd, 153rd & 154th General Assemblies
State of Georgia