Week 6: Update from the Gold Dome

The pace is picking up at the Capitol, and only five legislative days remain before Crossover Day. This is the last day a bill can be passed in its chamber of origination in order to “crossover” to the House for consideration, and vice versa. Legislators are keenly aware of the limited time we have left to make effective changes in Georgia. This week we passed one of the most important pieces of legislation this session: the Amended Fiscal Year 2016 Budget. The Senate approved the House amendment to the Senate Substitute of HB 750. The Senate agreed to add an additional $1.23 billion in…READ MORE

Week 5: Update from the Gold Dome

The Georgia General Assembly is officially halfway through with the 2016 legislative session and just 10 legislative days away from a significant deadline: Crossover Day. The 30th legislative day, or Crossover Day, is the last day for Senate bills to be carried to the House for consideration, and vice versa. The Senate will dedicate the next few weeks to improving and vetting bills before they go before the entire General Assembly for approval. The Senate has approved its version of the amended Fiscal Year 2016 budget. One of the most important duties for state legislators is to not only pass a balanced budget for…READ MORE

Week 4: Updated from the Gold Dome

The Georgia Senate crossed legislative day 16 off the calendar this week as we completed the fourth legislative week. Several bills received Senate approval this week, and it is likely that the amended FY 2016 budget will be presented on the floor within the next couple of weeks. The Georgia General Assembly has only one constitutionally required task, and that is to pass a balanced budget each year. Our duty to carefully vet and approve legislation remains important; however, one of our most critical responsibilities is the fiscally responsible allocation of Georgia’s tax dollars. The House of Representatives has passed its version of the…READ MORE

The Georgia Senate is Rocking and Rolling

The Senate reconvened for week four after a busy third week of budget hearings and committee meetings. It was also a very productive week in that we’ve finally got the ball rolling on a number of pieces of legislation that are sure to benefit the people of Georgia. We also heard the first two bills of the session on the floor last week—signaling that the 2016 legislative session is well underway. Senate Bill 137 would expand current Georgia law to allow corporations to collect full property insurance payouts when a residence is completely destroyed by fire, and was unanimously passed. Senate Bill 263 would…READ MORE

Financial Accountability: A Top Priority for the Georgia General Assembly

One of the most challenging tasks the Georgia General Assembly takes on each year is sorting through the state’s finances. Unlike legislation, the budget isn’t something can be carried over to the next legislative year. The State of Georgia is required to not only produce a balanced budget for each upcoming fiscal year, but to also revise the current fiscal year budget in order to account for unexpected expenses and fluctuating revenues. It is a priority for both the House and Senate to set a reasonable, fiscally responsible budget that provides for our great state and its people. As a member of the Senate…READ MORE

Mullis: Off and Running in 2016

The beginning of the legislative session is a lot like starting a new school year. The first day is filled with excitement, and everyone is happy to see each other. A large amount of time is dedicated to setting schedules, listening to important presentations and following proper procedures set forth by the House and Senate to establish that the legislative session has started. However, it’s now time to focus on our true purpose and get to work. Our first week ended with an assignment to review Governor Deal’s budget recommendations for the FY 2017 budget, as well as the adjusted FY 2016 budget. Governor…READ MORE

Sen. Jeff Mullis Receives National Security Briefing from Sen. John McCain

State Senator Jeff Mullis recently attended a national security briefing given by U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz), who currently serves as the Chairman of United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. “It was an honor to join Sen. McCain and a few select people for an informative and detailed briefing on the current state of our nation’s security,” said Sen. Mullis. “The luncheon was a great opportunity to discuss threats against our country and everything that is being done to make sure we all remain safe. Information is the key to keeping our boarders secure and protecting Americans, both at home and abroad.” Sen….READ MORE

Sen. Mullis Appointed to the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Advisory Comm.

Sen. Mullis is honored to have been appointed by Governor Deal to the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Advisory Commission. Mullis represents the 53rd District in the Georgia Senate. He is the chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and is a member of the Appropriations, Economic Development and Tourism and Regulated Industries and Utilities committees. Mullis also chairs the Senate Music Committee and the Halls of Fame Joint Committee. He has been recognized by Georgia Trend and James Magazines as one of the Most Influential People in Georgia. Mullis and his wife, Teresa, have three children and one grandchild. They reside in Chickamauga.

Sen. Mullis Recieves 2015 Distinguished Service Award

The Kiwanis Club of Fort Oglethorpe for the past eight years has chosen outstanding individuals as recipients of the club’s Distinguished Service Award. “It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ to those who go above and beyond to provide service to our community,” Kiwanis president Dwight Watt said on June 10. Unlike years past, where two awards were made — one for Walker and another for Catoosa counties — sole recipient for 2015 is state Sen. Jeff Mullis. Mullis serves both counties as their 53rd Congressional District representative in the Georgia legislature. First elected to the Senate in 2000, now in his seventh two-year…READ MORE

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Help raise awareness to help fight Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Most commonly, ALS strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time. ALS has cut short the lives of other such notable and courageous individuals as Hall of Fame pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter, Senator Jacob Javits, actors Michael Zaslow and David Niven, creator of Sesame Street Jon Stone, television producer Scott Brazil, boxing champion Ezzard Charles, NBA Hall of Fame basketball player George Yardley, pro football player Glenn Montgomery, golfer Jeff Julian, golf caddie Bruce Edwards, British soccer player Jimmy Johnstone,…READ MORE

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