Archive for May, 2009

The People’s Business

By President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams
May 20, 2009

Sen. Tommie Williams

Sen. Tommie Williams

One of the challenges that many state governments face during difficult economics times, such as the one we are currently facing, is that not only do states have less revenue, but at the same time, they also have increased demand for government services as more people go on unemployment and utilize other government programs.

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New Laws Will Soon Take Effect with the Governor’s Signature

Sen. Chip Pearson

Sen. Chip Pearson

By Sen. Chip Pearson
ATLANTA (May 14, 2009) – This week marked the Governor’s deadline for signing and vetoing bills. With his signature, these measures will become law either immediately or upon the new Fiscal Year, beginning July 1. Measures that will impact state funding, housing, transportation and education are crucial to the future development of our state, and I’d like to take a closer look at what some of these new laws are designed to do.

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Rogers: Governor’s Decision to Veto HB 481

ATLANTA (May 11, 2009) – Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) released the following statement today regarding Governor Perdue’s decision to veto House Bill 481: (more…)

Sen. Murphy Applauds New Public Safety Laws

ATLANTA (May 7, 2009) – Legislation that will greatly enhance road safety and build a trauma care system was signed into law by Governor Sonny Perdue Tuesday at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. Governor Perdue formally approved Georgia’s first “Super Speeder” bill seeking to reduce dangerous driving with hefty fines which will be utilized to fund a statewide trauma network. Sen Jack Murphy (R-Cumming), chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee, helped this measure pass through the legislature and views the increased fines as a strong tool to improve the quality of life in Georgia. (more…)

Governor Signs Housing Tax Credit Championed by Sen. Pearson

ATLANTA (May 11, 2009) – Governor Sonny Perdue today signed an $1,800 home buying tax credit that Sen. Chip Pearson (R-Dawsonville) carried to final passage in the Senate during the 2009 legislative session. He worked with the bill’s author, Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah), to bring relief to Georgia’s housing market.

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