A Day of Thanksgiving and Reflection

Sen. Chip Pearson

Sen. Chip Pearson

By Sen. Chip Pearson

ATLANTA (November 21, 2008) – This week as we gather with family and friends, we give thanks and praise God for the many blessings in our lives. During these challenging times for our nation, Thanksgiving is a time to remind us that hope is beyond the stock market, alternative energy solutions and big business bailouts.

This pause for thanks, reflection and remembrance has continued throughout our nation’s history in much tougher times than these, and we have always prevailed together as “one nation under God.”

On the fourth Thursday in November, Americans express gratitude for their good fortune. The American Thanksgiving tradition originated with the Pilgrims. As early as 1621, the puritan colonists of Plymouth, Massachusetts set aside a day of thanks for a bountiful harvest. Throughout the colonial period and into the nineteenth century, official days of feasting and fasting commemorated periods of good and poor fortune.

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Joint Legislative Panel holds Public Hearing on Department of Human Resources Restructuring Plan

ATLANTA (November 20, 2008) – Co-chairpersons Senator Renee Unterman (R-Buford) and Representative Mark Butler (R-Carrollton) led a joint Legislative Public Hearing today at the State Capitol to address the current status of the Department of Human Resources (DHR) restructuring efforts. The reorganization would create three separate departments reporting directly to the Governor: the Department of Human Services, the Department of Health, and the Department of Behavioral Health.

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Senate Discusses Budgets and Programs of Human Development

ATLANTA (November 17, 2008) – The joint Senate Appropriations subcommittee continued its meeting series today with the Human Development subcommittee and the Best Value in Government Task Force joint workshop at the Capitol. The subcommittee discussed agency reports, efficiencies, and cost savings for the Department of Labor, Department of Veterans Services, and Department of Human Resources (DHR). Senators Renee Unterman (R-Buford) and Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) co-chaired the meeting.

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Sen. Mullis Attends Joint Legislative Panel on Manufacturing at Georgia Tech

ATLANTA (November 14, 2008) – Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga) joined fellow members of the Joint Legislative Panel on the Future of Manufacturing for their third meeting, hosted by Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The panel toured the campus’ Manufacturing Research Center and heard presentations from the university’s professors, students and industry experts. Presenters addressed the current state of Georgia’s manufacturing industry and their current research and development of new factory technologies and support strategies.

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