Gracie Maples

I was happy to see Joan Fowler’s granddaughter, Gracie Maples, at the Capitol last week.  It was great seeing Gracie and the rest of Lafayette High School’s HOSA.

Mayor of Trion Larry Stancell, next governor, county sole commissioner jason winters & senator hufstetler

Mayor Stansell and Commissioner Winters visits the Gold Dome.

Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Senator Chuck Hufstetler, and I were happy to recently have Trion Mayor Larry Stansell and Chattooga County Sole Commissioner Jason Winters visit us under the Gold Dome.

Betts Berry

Betts Berry and future Governor Casey Cagle

It was nice having Betts Berry at the Capitol. She is pictured here with future governor Casey Cagle and myself.

Joel Jenkins, chaplain of the day

Chaplain of the Day

  I enjoyed recently having Joel Jenkins join us in the Senate Chamber as our Chaplain of the Day.


Sen. Mullis acknowledged as a Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend

Senator Jeff Mullis was again acknowledged as a top 100 most influential Georgian by Georgia Trend. See the excerpt below or read the full article by clicking here. Mullis reps his Northwest Georgia district as chair of the powerful Rules Committee. An ally of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Mullis has been a…READ MORE

Sen. Mullis Receives Community Service Award

ATLANTA (May 13, 2016) | Mullis Award On May 6, 2016, Sen. Jeff Mullis was presented the J.C. Gober Community Service Award at the Walker County Young Farmers’ Annual Awards Banquet. Sen. Mullis was selected for his service and support of Agriculture Education and the agriculture industry in Walker County. Agriculture is the number one industry in Georgia and Sen. Mullis’ continued support was commended during the awards ceremony. “I am humbled to be presented this award by the top industry in Georgia,” said Sen. Mullis. “I look forward to continuing my work on behalf of agriculture and all of those who work tirelessly…READ MORE

Week 8 : Update from the Gold Dome

With only nine days left in the 2016 legislative session, the Georgia Senate is now focused on reviewing House bills, approving any changes made to Senate bills by the House, and finalizing the FY 2017 general budget. The next three weeks will be a challenge, as all business for this year’s legislative session must conclude on Thursday, March 24. I remain committed to supporting legislation that will increase public safety, encourage business growth and allow hardworking Georgians to keep more money in their pockets. This week, the Georgia State Senate passed two resolutions that will ask voters to determine the outcome of two constitutional…READ MORE

Week 10: Update from the Gold Dome

The Senate Rules Committee will hold its final meeting for the 2016 legislative session on Monday, March 21. We will set the calendar for the final two legislative days, and these days are likely to be long and tiresome. There is never enough time in a legislative session, and we still need to ensure bills are being carefully reviewed before the final vote is cast. Governor Deal will have a 40-day period to sign or veto legislation after March 24. Religious expression was protected this week with the passage of House Bill 757, which was renamed the Freedom Exercise Protection Act. The bill includes…READ MORE

Sen. Jeff Mullis Qualifies to Run For Re-Election

ATLANTA (March 10th, 2016) | Senator Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga) qualified Monday, March 7th, and is seeking his 8th two-year term as a State Senator from the 53rd district consisting of Catoosa, Dade, Walker and parts of Chattooga County. Senator Mullis serves as the chairman of the very powerful Senate Rules Committee that is responsible for choosing the bills that are debated and voted on every day in the Senate. Along with his chairmanship, Senator Mullis is a member of the Appropriations, Economic Development and Tourism, and Regulated Industries and Utilities Committees. Senator Mullis has been recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine as one…READ MORE

Week 9 : Update from the Gold Dome

Only five legislative days remain in the 2016 legislative session. This means there are only three legislative days left for bills to pass out of committee and be eligible for a floor vote. Senate committees will be very busy next week reviewing the remaining House bills, and individual senators will be very busy advocating for their bills in the House. The Senate fulfilled our constitutional obligation last week by passing House Bill 751. This is the Fiscal Year 2017 General Budget, which runs from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017. The budget allocates approximately $23.7 billion in state funding, and is the largest…READ MORE

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