As I mentioned last week, I introduced HB 471 which would protect college students' First Amendment rights. We had a hearing on the bill last week which you can watch here. I'm pleased to say the Board of Regents are reviewing the policies at all of Georgia's public institutions and recommending changes. In addition, Georgia Gwinnett College has made significant changes to their policies. As a result of these developments, it was decided that my bill should be tabled. I support this move and am pleased to see changes being made.
We passed a number of bills this week (including over 70 bills on Friday). Here are a few key measures:
A number of you emailed me about HB71, dealing with "surprise" medical bills. You'll be happy to know the bill was tabled Friday, essentially killing it for this year. There is a Senate bill dealing with surprise billing which will allow us to deal with this serious problem. The Senate bill does not contain the flaw HB71 was afflicted with.
HB430 is a bill I introduced based on recommendations by the Governor's Education Reform Commission relating to public charter schools. I'm pleased to say the bill received bipartisan support and will move on to the Senate.
HB329 cuts Georgia's income tax rate from 6% to 5.4%.
HB341 stiffens penalties for the crime of human trafficking and sexual servitude. We've passed several anti-trafficking laws in the seven years I've served in the House. We've seen improvement in fighting these crimes but we need to keep up the fight.
HB87 would allow the Secretary of State to offer multi-year renewal for corporations rather than only annual renewals.
We'll be back in session Monday and again on Thursday and Friday of this week. Tuesday and Wednesday have been set aside for committees to meet and examine bills passed by the Senate. As always, you can watch the sessions live and all House committee meetings from the comfort of your home or office.
As I did during last session, I record a quick video update each day we are in Session, You can join us live on my Facebook page. Here are last week's videos: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
The scene in the ante room shortly after the House passed HB 280, this years version of Campus Carry. Rep. Mandi Ballinger and Speaker Ralston are speaking to the assembled media.
As always, you can contact me at my Capitol office at 404-656-0188 or via email. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or via my website.
I look forward to serving you in the Legislature for the next two years. As I tell people, I get to wake up everyday and try to make Georgia a better place. It's a great job and I'm grateful you folks trust me to represent our community.
Representative, State House District 102
504-B Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30334