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Legislative Update- Week 4



The Gold Dome was buzzing this week as firefighters, surgeons, veterinarians, agri-business leaders, and representatives from numerous universities gathered at the State Capitol.  We passed meaningful legislation in committees and on the House Floor while honoring local heroes and organizations that are making a significant impact in Georgia.


Honoring Georgia Firefighters

On Tuesday, we welcomed the Georgia State Firefighters Association to the Capitol for the 45th Annual Firefighters Recognition Day. In honor of their selfless service in communities throughout Georgia, the General Assembly passed HB146, which will ensure that firefighters who develop cancer in the line of duty have access to special insurance policies that cover their treatment.  To learn more about HB146, click HERE

Trauma and PT Day at the Capitol

Surgeons and Physical Therapists gathered at the State Capitol on Tuesday to meet with Georgia legislators and discuss solutions to making healthcare more accessible and affordable. 

Agribusiness Day at the Capitol  


On Wednesday, the Georgia Agribusiness Council held their annual legislative breakfast with Gov. Deal as our keynote speaker and over 500 people were in attendance. From his remarks and the other remarks of House and Senate leaders, it is obvious the impact agriculture and related businesses makes on our state's economy. I also enjoyed attending GAC's annual meeting and hearing from Wesley Langdale of Langdale Industries. He has a passion for ensuring our students and children know where our food and fiber originate. Governor Deal mentioned in his speech about the impact this warm winter is having on Georgia's peach crop.

Gordon State College at the Capitol

Also on Wednesday, student leaders from Gordon State College visited the Capitol to meet with Governor Nathan Deal and local lawmakers. Proud to welcome this group and expect continued success from these hardworking Highlanders!

Public Libraries Day at the Capitol 


On Public Libraries Day at the Capitol, we recognized Jennifer Lautzenheiser from the Middle Georgia Regional Library as the "Librarian of the Year." We appreciate all of our librarians and their service to communities throughout Georgia.


Universities Gather Under the Gold Dome 

On Thursday, students, administrators, and staff from Georgia Southern University, Armstrong State University, and Georgia Military College arrived at the Capitol to showcase their successes and highlight their legislative priorities.  We are blessed in Georgia to have so many high performing colleges and universities.  It was a blessing to spend time with these amazing ambassadors!


House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education meets with a variety of groups including the School Nutrition Association.  This week, we met with Dr. Cleta Long, Nutrition Director for the Bibb County School System, to ensure that the state's budget always reflects the nutritional needs of students throughout the state.  I am proud to serve as the Chairman of this subcommittee and look forward to providing good reports in the near future!

Page Opportunity


The Georgia House of Representatives' Page Program offers students in my district the opportunity to visit the State Capitol and serve the members of the House of Representatives. This program (for ages 12 and older) has become an essential part of the services provided to both the legislators and the public. For over 50 years, the experience of a legislative page has sparked many political aspirations and has been a connective link between elected leaders and Georgia's young students. 


If you know of a student who would like to page during this session, please complete this form.


As always, it is an honor to serve you in the Georgia General Assembly. If I can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to call 404.463.2246 (Atlanta) or e-mail ( My office is Room 245 in State Capitol and my Administrative Assistant is Sheila Rane


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