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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

The Georgia Senate is Rocking and Rolling

The Senate reconvened for week four after a busy third week of budget hearings and committee meetings. It was also a very productive week in that we’ve finally got the ball rolling on a number of pieces of legislation that are sure to benefit the people of Georgia. We also heard the first two bills of the session on the floor last week—signaling that the 2016 legislative session is well underway. Senate Bill 137 would expand current Georgia law to allow corporations to collect full property insurance payouts when a residence is completely destroyed by fire, and was unanimously passed. Senate Bill 263 would allow police officers who are retiring or injured on-the-job to retain their badge and firearm as compensation. (more…)

Financial Accountability: A Top Priority for the Georgia General Assembly

Financial Accountability: A Top Priority for the Georgia General Assembly

By: Sen. Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga)

One of the most challenging tasks the Georgia General Assembly takes on each year is sorting through the state’s finances. Unlike legislation, the budget isn’t something can be carried over to the next legislative year. The State of Georgia is required to not only produce a balanced budget for each upcoming fiscal year, but to also revise the current fiscal year budget in order to account for unexpected expenses and fluctuating revenues. It is a priority for both the House and Senate to set a reasonable, fiscally responsible budget that provides for our great state and its people.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I spent the week with other legislators closely reviewing Governor Deal’s budget recommendations for both the Fiscal Year 2017 general budget and the Fiscal Year 2016 amended budget. This in-depth look at the budget allowed us to break down the big numbers and look more thoroughly for where funds should be distributed during the year. This review process included presentations from state agencies that provided us with information about their most pressing funding needs. This testimony is needed in order for the Georgia General Assembly to create a well-established, detailed budget that is agreed upon by both legislative chambers.

Throughout the week, I worked with my fellow legislators to carefully review specific areas of the budget. I take this role very seriously and know that my voice within these subcommittees can be my biggest contribution to the completed budget. I am able to speak openly, add meaningful input and speak out against line items that does not support or benefit the important needs of District 53.The discussion will continue until a full budget plan is agreed upon in both the House and Senate chambers—this is sometimes a process that can last into the final weeks of the legislative session. Although the process can be tiring, I will work diligently to ensure the most fiscally responsible course of action for our state.

In the coming weeks, we will start closely reviewing and moving bills through the legislative process in the Senate.  Your feedback on these bills is integral to my work on your behalf, so please continue reaching out to personally discuss legislation with me. I take every phone call, email or office visit into consideration when casting my vote in the Senate chamber. Please do not hesitate to call or email me at any time. I am in office to serve you!

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:
January 22, 2016

For Information Contact:

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

MULLIS: Off and Running in 2016

The beginning of the legislative session is a lot like starting a new school year. The first day is filled with excitement, and everyone is happy to see each other. A large amount of time is dedicated to setting schedules, listening to important presentations and following proper procedures set forth by the House and Senate to establish that the legislative session has started.  However, it’s now time to focus on our true purpose and get to work. (more…)

Sen. Jeff Mullis Receives National Security Briefing from Sen. John McCain

Sen. Jeff Mullis and Sen. John McCainATLANTA (January 13, 2016)  |  State Senator Jeff Mullis (R- Chickamauga) recently attended a national security briefing given by U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz), who currently serves as the Chairman of United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. (more…)