The second week of the 2014 Legislative session has come and gone. Committees have begun meeting to consider legislation and the process is moving forward. On Friday the House passed the amended fiscal year 2014 budget. The amended budget consists of mid-year adjustments to various department’s budgets of approximately $300 million. Over half of the “new” funds in the AFY 2014 went to K-12 Education. An increase of approximately $180 million is the mid-year adjustment for K-12 Education which will go to local school districts to pay for growing student enrollment numbers. In addition, a portion of these new funds will go to economic development initiatives in OneGeorgia, Regional Economic Business Assistance grants and transportation items. For these projects, HB 743 adds $51.5 million for the Department of Community Affairs and $27 million to the Department of Transportation. We were also able to add $25 million to pay for increased enrollment in Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids health care programs. The House Appropriations Committee will now begin working on the FY2015 budget.
Results from last weeks polls in the vote4buzz app (see instructions for downloading the app below):
1) Would you support a law that creates a taxpayer funded scholarship for low income students to attend private schools? No: 47%, Yes: 27%, Undecided: 27%
2) What is the top issue facing the state of Georgia right now? Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare (stopping it): 33%, Jobs/The Economy: 21%, Education Reform: 12%, Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare (implementing it): 12%, Budget/Government Spending: 9%, Tax Reform: 9%, Education Funding: 9%, Social Issues: 0%, Something Else: 0%.
We have two new polls in the app for this week.
As I mentioned last week, I’m working on several measures this year. Next week I plan to introduce a resolution calling for a Convention of the States for the purpose of proposing Amendments to the Constitution. The resolution will contain the same language as SR736 introduced in the Senate by Senator Cecil Staton. The meat of the resolution is this paragraph:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA that the General Assembly of the State of Georgia hereby applies to Congress, under the provisions of Article V of the Constitution of the United States, for the calling of a convention of the states limited to proposing amendments to the United States Constitution that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress.
We currently have 24 co-sponsors and hope to have many more before it’s introduced next week.
Another of the bills I am working on, HB524 which seeks to help adult adoptees obtain a copy of their original birth certificate, had a hearing last Tuesday and will have a second one on Monday. Tomorrow’s hearing will take place at 4 PM and you can watch the hearing online.
There are also a number of ways to stay in touch with me:
1) Download the “vote4buzz” app for your iPhone. Search for “vote4buzz” in the App Store or click here. In the app you’ll be able to participate in “flash polls” on various issues. I’ve added a new poll in the app. Please download the app and vote, this poll will close on Friday.
2) “Like” my page on Facebook.
3) Follow me on Twitter.
4) Follow me on Instagram.
5) Visit my You Tube channel to see videos, including videos from last year’s online Town Hall meetings.
You can also contact or visit me at the Capitol:
Capitol Office: 504-B Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Capitol Phone: 404-656-0188
I covet your prayers and value your feedback. Feel free to contact me any time.
Representative, State House District 102