ATLANTA (January 30, 2009) — The State Senate paused today during its daily business to honor an exceptional Georgian who has dedicated his life to serving his country. Sen. Chip Pearson (R-Dawsonville) presented Dr. Joseph Lazzarini with a Senate Resolution officially commending him for his 20 years of military service, in which he served in the Army during World War II, as well as the Navy and the Air Force.
By Sen. Chip Pearson
ATLANTA (January 30, 2009) – Session is now officially in full swing as lawmakers filed key bills this week. Committees are gearing up to work out the details of assigned legislation, an important part of the legislative process where each bill is carefully examined and revised to be most effective.
By President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams
January 30, 2009
The Senate returned to session this week with all eyes and ears on the first bills and resolutions of the session. Most notable were bills on transportation, zero-based budgeting, and tougher restrictions for metal theft crimes. However, the two major issues on everyone’s mind were the Homeowner Tax Relief Grant (HTRG) funding and capping property taxes.
ATLANTA (January 30, 2009) – Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers today introduced Senate Resolution 1, The Taxpayer Protection Amendment, which would limit the spending of any future budget surpluses. The measure requires any budget surplus first go to fund increases in student enrollment and then be placed into the state reserve fund. If the state reserve fund were to reach 10% of the previous year budget, surplus funds would then go to pay off state debt or be returned to the taxpayers.
ATLANTA (January 30, 2009)— Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Jeff Mullis (R- Chickamauga) is leading the effort to get Senate Bill 39 and Senate Resolution 44, the Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) bills, passed through the chamber quickly. The legislation unanimously passed through the Senate Transportation Committee this week and legislators are optimistic it will go to the Senate Floor for a full vote on Tuesday, February 3.