Georgia Senate Passes Bill for the Sale of Fireworks

House Bill 110, carried by Sen. Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga), will allow the sale and regulation of consumer fireworks in Georgia. The bill passed by a vote of 43 to 7. The bill will keep fireworks revenue in-state and greatly improve fireworks safety by defining regulations for sale and use in Georgia. “Selling fireworks in the State of Georgia will not only be a convenience for consumers, but it will also boost our economy, rather than boosting the economy of Georgia’s s neighboring states. The passage of this bill means approximately 1,000 new jobs will be created through the establishment of fireworks stores…READ MORE

Senator Mullis receives James’ “Most Influential” Honor

James magazine, one of Georgia’s leading publications discussing Georgia news and politics, has selected Sen. Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga) as one of the magazine’s Most Influential Georgians. The recognition was announced in the March/April 2015 issue of the magazine, which profiled statewide leaders in business, government, politics, education, science and the arts. “Once again, I am humbled to be recognized among such an esteemed group of Georgia leaders,” said Sen. Mullis. “I look forward to continuing my work with Georgia’s leaders on behalf of the citizens of the 53rd Senate District in moving Georgia forward through sound legislation and better public policy.” Sen….READ MORE

Update from the Gold Dome: Week 11

By: Sen. Jeff Mullis (R- Chickamauga) As we move towards the end of the 2015 legislative session, the Senate’s main responsibility is to review and vote on bills originally drafted in House of Representatives. This week was a very busy one, and the Senate made significant progress vetting and passing legislation. Only two legislative days remain, and any bills that do not receive final passage this year must wait until 2016 for further consideration. One of the most high-profile bills this session is HB 1, which would allow the use of cannabis oil to relieve the symptoms of certain severe medical conditions. The legislation…READ MORE

Update from the Gold Dome: Week 10

By: Sen. Jeff Mullis (R- Chickamauga) More bills from the House of Representatives are making their way into Senate committees and onto the Senate floor as legislative session moves into its final days. Now that Senate bills have been passed to the House of Representatives, our focus is now on reviewing and voting on House bills. Here are some brief summaries on two House bills the Senate took action on last week: House Bill 76 appropriates $21.8 billion for the state’s 2016 Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016. This bill, also known as the general appropriations bill, funds insurance…READ MORE

Update from the Gold Dome: Week 9

Update from the Gold Dome By: Sen. Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga) Your Georgia legislators have made it through Crossover Day and are now ten legislative days from the end of session. Crossover Day was the last day for legislation to pass the chamber in which it was introduced in order for it to move to the other chamber for consideration and signed into law by the Governor. Now that my colleagues and I have passed our Senate bills to the House of Representatives, the remainder of the 153rd Legislative Session will be spent reviewing and voting on House bills. Here are brief summaries…READ MORE

Senate Bill 122

Georgia Senate Expands the Use of SPLOST Proceeds ATLANTA (March 13, 2015) | Senate Bill 122, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga), will allow Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds to be used for the repair of capital outlay projects. “When communities are hit unexpectedly by natural disasters, sometimes the cost of the repairs can be a large obstacle to overcome,” Said Sen. Mullis. “By allowing for SPLOST funds to cover those kinds of repairs, we are giving people the opportunity to help speed along the recovery after disasters hit.” Projects set forth by SB 122 will include the repair…READ MORE

Update from the Gold Dome: Week 8

By: Sen. Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga) Next week, the Georgia General Assembly will hit an important deadline: Crossover Day. The 30th day of the legislative session is an important one, as any bill that doesn’t receive a full vote in their chamber of origin will be no longer eligible for consideration in 2015. However, since this is the first half of a biennial term, any unsuccessful bills will simply carry over to the next legislative session in 2016. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it gives legislators a chance to fine tune or fix pieces of legislation that aren’t quite ready to…READ MORE

Tanja’s Law

“Tanja’s Law” Receives Approval from the Georgia Senate ATLANTA (March 10, 2015) | Senate Bill 72, which determines new punishments for harming or killing a law enforcement animal, passed the Georgia State Senate on Friday, February 20. The legislation is also called “Tanja’s Law” after a Walker County K-9 who was killed in June 2014. Sen. Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga) was the bill’s sponsor, which passed by a vote of 46 to 3. “Police dogs and animals, like Tanja, dutifully serve and always protect both those in the community and the police officers they work beside. When a police animal is killed in…READ MORE

Update From the Gold Dome: Week 7

By: Sen. Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga) Once again, sleet and ice threatened metro Atlanta this week, forcing all state government offices to close at noon on Wednesday to ensure the safety of all state employees and Georgians. I think we can all agree that we were glad to see the winter weather pass and hope it will be the last of this kind of weather for the year. On Monday, the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 95. Currently, real estate brokers are only allowed to accept funds from designated escrow accounts which must be a federally insured bank checking account. SB 95 amends…READ MORE

Update From the Gold Dome: Week 6

By: Sen. Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga) The Georgia General Assembly got off to a delayed start this week when then threat of severe winter weather closed Capitol Hill offices on Monday. Although Monday wasn’t an official legislative day, it did impact the time legislators and staff members need to properly prepare for the week. Many of us still spent the day at home reviewing bills or completing other legislative tasks. I was pleased to see the Georgia Senate approve two bills this week that will create and enhance the educational and work opportunities available to our military service men and women. These individuals…READ MORE

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