The Legislature was in recess this week as the Appropriations Committee held hearings on the FY2012 supplemental budget and the FY2013 budget. The various department heads testified before the committee describing their budget requests. Governor Deal's proposed budget can be found at this website. Beginning next week the Appropriations Sub-Committees will meet to discuss the Governor's proposal.
This week I joined Senator Renee Unterman (R-Buford) and a coalition of law enforcement and industry representatives for a press conference on metal theft legislation. I have been working with Rep. Jason Shaw (R-Lakeland) on a bill in the House. We hope to craft a solution that doesn’t create burdensome regulations but gives law enforcement the tools they need to fight these crimes.
Also this week I joined Senators Chip Rogers and Bill Cowsert and Representatives Andy Welch, Lynn Riley, and Sam Teasley at a press conference calling for a Federal Balanced Budget Amendment. Resolutions will be introduced in both the House and the Senate calling for a Constitutional Convention for the limited purpose of debating such an Amendment.
We’ll be back in Session on Monday. Committee meetings for the three committees I sit on (Insurance, Governmental Affairs, and Children and Youth) will begin as Legislation has been assigned to those committees.
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