Category: Legislature

Appropriations Committees To Hold Joint Virtual Meeting At 11:15am

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees will have another joint meeting this morning, held virtually, at 11:15 am. You can observe this meeting by clicking here. The committees met last week to begin the adjustments needed to the spending plans in progress before the Covid-19 suspension of the General Assembly in March. Members submitted questions

Preparing For Session, House Committee On Reopening Issues Report

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston’s office distributed a report that frames guidelines developed by the House Committee on Reopening in consultation with the Georgia Building Authority, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and others. You can read the full Speaker’s memo here, and you can read the full committee report here. Some highlights: Public areas

State Needs Likely To Exceed State Funds

This week’s Courier Herald column: Congratulations and condolences to Senator Blake Tillery.  The Vidalia Republican was tapped last week to chair the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee following the death of Senator Jack Hill of Reidsville.  Senator Tillery has big shoes to fill at a time when there will be no honeymoon period to enjoy assuming

Georgia State Of Emergency Extended; No Meeting Of General Assembly Required

This morning, Governor Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Duncan, and Speaker Ralston announced an extension of Georgia’s State of Emergency until May 13th. This is the action that allows for expanded authorities of the Governor and Executive branch, not to be confused with the Governor’s statewide Shelter In Place order, which is currently set to expire on

GA State Representative Gambill Joins 5 State Senators Having Covid-19

From the Georgia House of Representatives: State Representative Matthew Gambill (R-Cartersville) has tested positive for the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19).  He began a period of self-quarantine over the weekend of Friday, March 13, after learning he had been exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus. On Monday, March 16, Rep. Gambill was tested for

Governor Kemp Signs FY20 Amended Budget With Covid-19 Funding

From a press release: Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp signed House Bill 792 – Georgia’s amended fiscal year 2020 budget – with $100 million in emergency funding to address the spread of novel coronavirus and COVID-19. “Over several months, I have worked closely with lawmakers to develop an amended fiscal year 2020 budget that reflects