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.
Coalition Promotes Pearl of Wisdom As Worldwide Symbol of Cervical Cancer Prevention
ATLANTA (January 29, 2009) – Marking Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January, Georgia women legislators have joined a coalition of women’s health and advocacy organizations in the United States and Europe in a new, united effort to prevent cervical cancer worldwide.
ATLANTA (January 29, 2009) – Sen. Jeff Chapman (R-Brunswick) has recently offered a means of accomplishing the renovation of the Jekyll Island State Park Authority without costing tax payers an estimated $100 million.