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 of some of the legislation the Senate took action on last week:
• Senate Bill 59 known as the Partnership for Public Facilities and Infrastructure Act, creates a Guidelines Committee to provide model guidelines for local governments to use to streamline the current lengthy process of qualifying projects for public facilities and infrastructure developments. SB 59 passed by a vote of 51 to 0.
• Senate Bill 63 removes the regulatory red-tape currently surrounding Georgia’s small business community of microbreweries by allowing them to offer patrons up to 64 ounces of beer in a single growler to enjoy at home. SB 63 passed by a vote of 51 to 5.
• Senate Bill 116 establishes the week of September 17th as Celebrate Freedom Week in Georgia public schools. The bill encourages at least three hours of instruction in social studies classes at each grade level to focus on the meaning and importance of the Declaration of Independence, and the US Constitution including the Bill of Rights. SB 116 passed by a vote of 49 to 3.
• Senate Resolution 80 urges the state of Georgia to develop alternatives to the College Board's monopoly over coursework and testing for college-bound students. The resolution also urges the College Board to return to its former AP US History (APUSH) curriculum which provided a more traditional approach when teaching U.S. History and allowed more flexibility in the classroom than the current 70 plus-pages of topics and detailed thematic guidance now required in the APUSH course. SR 80 passed by a vote of 38 to 17.
• Senate Bill 122 which I sponsored, allows the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax proceeds to be used for the repair of roads, streets and bridges that have been damaged or destroyed by natural disasters. It is no secret that the 53rd District is Georgia’s tornado corridor and my bill will allow SPLOST dollars to be utilized for repairs in the event of a natural disaster. SB 122 passed the Senate unanimously.
As always, I am honored to represent you in the 53rd Senate District. Please feel free to contact my office at any time to talk about pending legislation or address other concerns in our district – my door and phone lines are always open!
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. Senator Mullis can be reached at his office in Atlanta at 404.656.0057 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.