The House was back in session last week and passed the first bill of the 2017 session. HB 43 is the amended fiscal year budget. It does include new spending, most of which is wrapper up in K-12 enrollment growth and increased enrollments in Medicaid. HB 43 includes $108.9 million for midterm enrollment growth of .68 percent to ensure that every child has the educational resources they need. This year’s amended budget also accounts for the growing needs of our education system, including those needs of our institutions of higher learning. The AFY 2017 budget allocates $16.7 million to meet the projected needs of Move on When Ready, a program allowing eligible Georgia students to take advantage of dual enrollment and progress at their own pace, and $2.3 million to create the Georgia Center for Early Language and Literacy at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, an education training center for developing literacy skills among children from birth to age 8 throughout the state.Read more
On Tuesday, January 17, we began one of the most important weeks of the 2017 legislative session as the House and Senate Appropriations committees held a series of joint budget hearings. During this week, the joint House and Senate Appropriations committees and subcommittees met and started the process of reviewing Governor Nathan Deal’s budget recommendations for the amended current and upcoming fiscal years in order to turn those recommendations into actual legislation that will ultimately guide our state’s spending.Read more
Monday, January 9, 2017, marked the first day of the 154th Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly and the first day of the 2017-2018 term. As such, all 180 members of the Georgia House of Representatives took the oath of office and were formally sworn in. With an ambitious agenda to navigate and only 40 legislative days to complete our work, my colleagues and I promptly began our first order of business: electing our leaders to guide the House through our next two years of public service. After hearing the nominations, Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) and Speaker Pro-Tempore Jan Jones (R-Milton) were both re-elected to their respective positions.Read more
Rep. Buzz Brockway Named Chairman of House Code Revision Committee
ATLANTA – The Georgia House of Representatives’ Committee on Assignments named State Representative Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville) as the Chairman of the House Code Revision Committee. Rep. Brockway will also serve as a member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Resources, Economic Development & Tourism, Education, Governmental Affairs and Insurance committees.
“I’m grateful to Speaker David Ralston and the Committee on Assignments for trusting me with the responsibility of chairing this committee,” said Rep. Brockway. “The job of the Code Revision Committee is to repeal obsolete laws, and I look forward to working with the Speaker and members of the committee to pass such legislation.”
The House Committee on Assignments, chaired by House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), is charged with making all House committee assignments for the members of the Georgia House of Representatives.
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Representative Buzz Brockway represents the citizens of District 102, which includes portions of Gwinnett County. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 2010, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Code Revision Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Resources, Economic Development & Tourism, Education, Governmental Affairs and Insurance committees.
The Constitution of Georgia sets the first day of the Legislative Session to be the second Monday of each year. Consequently, the 2017 Session begins tomorrow at 10 AM. You can watch the proceedings here. Since this is the beginning of a new term, I and all the other members of the House and Senate will take the Oath of Office.Read more