In our world of hurry and worry, where can I go to find a few moments of tranquility and peace? In our world of noise and interruptions, where can I step aside for a while to find some calm for my life? There is one place nearby that I would recommend to you. For many the Monastery of the Holy Spirit is just such a place. You will find the Monastery about a half hour from Covington on Ga. Hwy. 212 near Conyers.
This week the Georgia General Assembly hit an important deadline, Crossover Day. All of the bills which originated in either the House or the Senate are now seeking the approval of the opposite chamber. The Senate voted and approved almost 50 different bills to send to the House on legislative days 29 and 30. There is much more work to be done in the remaining nine legislative days and I look forward to working with my colleagues as we debate and vote on important legislation.
Crossover Day is now behind us as we wrap up days 30 and 31 of the 2016 legislative session. We had a short week, but that didn't stop us from passing a significant amount of legislation. We are also eager to begin working our way through bills passed out of the House, a task that will keep us busy for the rest of the session.
Crossover Day was very long this year as the House passed nearly 50 bills. Unfortunately, most of those bills will probably not clear the Senate as they simply do not have enough time in 10 days to do the work we have done over the last 30 days. The Founding Fathers made it hard, not easy, to pass bills - in the hope that the laws we create will be good ones.
In 1996, a group of dedicated hikers decided to make the trek to the top of the world. Unbeknownst to the well-trained crew, a storm changed directions across the Himalayan range and arose from the abyss. Before the hikers had a chance to escape to one of the lower base camps, the horrific storm laid claim to many of their lives. This is one of many stories that support the statement that "The Mountain has the last word."
The building that was, for many years, home to Mayfield Hardware is now the home for "Your Pie". It opened on Saturday, Feb. 20, to the greatest numbers as any in the history of the Your Pie organization. The hardware store moved all its operations out to its location on Hwy. 278 several years ago. But through "Your Pie", along with a new clothing store coming in March, the old building is coming alive again.
Federal investigators hold the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, the terrorist who helped slaughter 14 innocents in San Bernardino, California. They want to look at its contents but can't because the device is encrypted and Apple has refused to unlock it.
Georgia State Trooper Nathan Bradley, a 24-year-old Republican, is running for Newton County's Board of Commissioners District 1 seat. This seat is currently held by John Douglas, who recently announced that he will not be running for reelection.
We've had some long days this week as we've been working through a considerable amount of legislation. This Monday is Crossover day (or the 30th legislative day) which is the last day in which bills originating in the Senate Chamber can be voted on and transmitted to the House for consideration. Starting Monday, the Senate will only be hearing bills that originated in the House and vice versa.
The Georgia General Assembly completed legislative day 29 out of 40 on Friday, Feb. 26. On Friday the Senate debated and voted on several bills and I expect we will continue to pass more legislation protecting the rights of individuals and business owners throughout the state.