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Update from the Gold Dome

Update from the Gold Dome

By: Sen. Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga)

The Georgia Senate crossed legislative day 16 off the calendar this week as we completed the fourth legislative week. Several bills received Senate approval this week, and it is likely that the amended FY 2016 budget will be presented on the floor within the next couple of weeks. The Georgia General Assembly has only one constitutionally required task, and that is to pass a balanced budget each year. Our duty to carefully vet and approve legislation remains important; however, one of our most critical responsibilities is the fiscally responsible allocation of Georgia’s tax dollars.

The House of Representatives has passed its version of the amended FY 2016 budget, and subcommittees of the Senate Appropriations Committee have spent a significant amount of time carefully reviewing their respective sections of the budget. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I take this task very seriously. It is important to ensure that state revenues are utilized in the most cost-effective manner possible and that ensure no wasteful spending occurs.

The Senate took a stand against family violence by passing Senate Bill 193 this week. Under current Georgia law, a first conviction of family violence batter is only considered a high and aggravated misdemeanor—it takes a second conviction in order to be charged with a felony. Senate Bill 193 amends this law and increases penalties for repeat family violence offenders by charging those already convicted of family violence in another state with a felony.

The Senate also passed Senate Bill 199, which clarifies the definition of allowable campaign material at active polling locations in Georgia. Most campaign material is not allowed in or around these locations; however, there has been some confusion about prohibited publications, objects and signs. This bill would provide polling workers with new guidelines about what is considered campaign material.

I am honored that you have put your trust in me and I will always put your best interests at the forefront of my decision making while here at the Capitol. Please feel free to contact my office at any time to talk about pending legislation or address other concerns in our district – my door and phone lines are always open!

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For Immediate Release:
February 5, 2016

For Information Contact:

Jennifer Yarber, Director
Jennifer.yarber@senate.ga.gov
404.656.0028

Senate Committees Review College Campus Public Safety Measures

Senate Committees Review College Campus Public Safety Measures

ATLANTA (February 5, 2016)  |  Sen. Renee Unterman (R – Buford) and Sen. Fran Miller (R – Atlanta) held a joint meeting of the Senate Health and Human Services and Higher Education committees on Wednesday, February 3. The senators serve as the respective chairs of the two committees. During the joint meeting, representatives from the University System of Georgia presented information about new and continuing public safety initiatives on state college campuses.

“We must remain vigilant about upholding the highest standards of safety for Georgia’s college campuses,” said Sen. Unterman. “I am pleased to see our schools working closely with local law enforcement and community groups to ensure the protection and well-being of those who work and study at these institutions.”

Members of the two Senate committees were presented information about how overall safety has improved among all campuses within the University of Georgia System and Georgia’s independent colleges. New public safety polices have recently been implemented on the 29 educational campuses within the system, and all are subject to further review, development or revision at any time. The University System of Georgia is also currently developing core curriculums and training processes for the continued improvement of safety. Many of the new procedures were put into effect in order to remain Title IX compliant, with recommendations coming from Title IX coordinators working within the University System of Georgia.

The Senate Health and Human Services and Higher Education Committees will continue to monitor public safety practices on Georgia’s college and university campuses throughout 2016. Legislation may be considered in the future to ensure the continued safety of students and employees.

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For Immediate Release:
February 5, 2016

For Information Contact:

Jennifer Yarber, Director
Jennifer.yarber@senate.ga.gov
404.656.0028

Sen. William Ligon Calls on Citizens to Find Georgia’s Fallen Vietnam Veterans

ATLANTA (February 4, 2016)  |  As part of a statewide initiative, Sen. William Ligon (R – Brunswick) is calling on all Georgians to honor our Vietnam Veterans. The multimedia display at the new Education Center at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall (‘The Wall’) is still missing many pictures of Georgia’s fallen Vietnam War Veterans. The display honors those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War, including 1,584 Georgia soldiers. This effort is part of a national program by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) to put a face with each of the 58,300 fallen veterans from across the nation whose names appear on ‘The Wall.’ (more…)

Sen. Steve Gooch Files Legislation to Study High-Speed Broadband Internet Access

ATLANTA (February 4, 2016)  |  Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega) has filed legislation to create the Joint High-Speed Broadband Communications Access for All Georgians Study Committee. If approved by the Georgia General Assembly, Senate Resolution 876 will meet several times throughout the summer and fall of 2016 to discuss common obstacles for high-speed broadband internet, particularly in the state’s rural communities. (more…)

Sen. Greg Kirk and Rep. Ed Rynders Endorse Bonds for Worth County Schools

Sen. Greg Kirk and Rep. Ed Rynders Endorse Bonds for Worth County Schools

ATLANTA (February 3, 2016) | Sen. Greg Kirk (R – Americus) and Rep. Ed Rynders (R – Albany) commend Gov. Nathan Deal for his allocation of $1.6 million in the FY2017 General Budget for renovations and new construction to Worth County Schools. Worth County Middle School will receive $820,000, while Worth County Primary School will receive $850,000. (more…)