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Anderson: Week 12 under the Gold Dome

My first session as a state Senator has come to an end and I couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity to serve the ...

April 03, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates


Sen. Tonya Anderson welcomes Gladys Brown to the Senate Chamber

Senator Tonya Anderson (D – Lithonia) welcomed Gladys Brown to the Senate Chamber on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

April 03, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates


Campus gun bill passes, adoption update stuck at Sine Die

Georgia lawmakers agreed to allow concealed handguns on college campuses but failed to update the state law on adoption before the gavel fell on this ...

April 02, 2017 | Kathleen Foody and Ezra Kaplan Associated Press | Legislative Updates


Last day of the 2017 Assembly

"Sine Die" (the last day of the Session) was long and slow in the House, but very busy in the Senate as the Senators got ...

April 02, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Legislative Updates


Lawmakers remain at odds on details of campus gun bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Only hours remain before Georgia lawmakers adjourn for the year but they still disagree about the details of a bill allowing anyone 21 ...

March 30, 2017 | Associated Press | Legislative Updates


Anderson: Week 11 under the Gold Dome

With just two days left in the 2017 legislative session, we're almost to the end of what has been an eventful first year as ...

March 29, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates


Belton: A little about Georgia's new budget

The House and Senate passed a joint budget in the quickest amount of time in recent history, totaling $24. billion, a small 5.3 percent ...

March 26, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Legislative Updates


Jeffares: Week 11 under the Gold Dome

Now that we've wrapped up week 11 and completed legislative day 38, we only have two legislative days left this session to complete our ...

March 26, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | Legislative Updates


Jeffares: Week 10 under the Gold Dome

We're in the home stretch of the 2017 legislative session with only five more legislative days left to vet and pass legislation. Committees are ...

March 20, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | Legislative Updates


Anderson:Bringing family to the Capitol

This week represents a turning point in the 2017 legislative session as we finally have begun to wind things down with the passage of 17 ...

March 20, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates


Belton: 'Sausage-making' getting frustrating at the Capitol

Very few bills passed this week as the House and Senate "horse-trade" some bills and hold others "hostage" that are important to the other Chamber ...

March 20, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Legislative Updates


Town Hall Meeting hosted by Sen. Tonya Anderson set for March 27

Sen. Tonya Anderson (D – Lithonia) invites you to join her for a town hall meeting from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at ...

March 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Legislative Updates


Anderson: Happily serving at the Capitol

Last Friday was Crossover Day and arguably one of the busiest times during the session for legislators. Crossover Day signifies the last day Senate bills ...

March 12, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates


Jeffares: Week 9 from under the Gold Dome

This week, the Georgia Senate completed day 33 of the 40-day Legislative Session. With Crossover Day successfully behind us, my colleagues and I are now ...

March 12, 2017 | | Legislative Updates


Belton: Best bills move forward during lull

This week was very slow at the Capitol as the Senate and House start to look at each other's bills. This is fairly typical ...

March 12, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Legislative Updates


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Archive By Section - Legislative Updates


Debate over religious freedom returns to Georgia legislature

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Republicans have again proposed legislation they argue will protect people acting on religious belief, undaunted by the forceful veto of a similar proposal last year by the state's Republican governor.

February 22, 2017 | Kathleen Foody Associated Press | Legislative Updates


Anderson: Week six under the Gold Dome

We are officially halfway through the 2017 legislative session and now have 8 days left to introduce legislation in the Senate and 20 days left to vote on legislation from either chamber. Things around the capitol will continue to get busier as we near crossover day and eventually sine die.

February 20, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates


Belton: House passes balanced budget

The House overcame our largest hurdle this week as we passed – once again – a balanced budget…something our federal government in Washington hasn't done for decades.

February 19, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Legislative Updates


Jeffares: Week 6 from under the Gold Dome

Having the opportunity to represent each of you under the gold dome every day is an honor I will never take for granted. This week was very busy at the Capitol. We passed 11 bills on the Senate floor, countless bills were passed out of committee and we welcomed a lot of very special people to the chamber.

February 19, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | Legislative Updates


Lawmakers work on changes to medical cannabis program

ATLANTA (AP) - Sebastien Cotte swears by the power of medical marijuana.

February 18, 2017 | Ezra Kaplan Associated Press | Legislative Updates


Georgia lawmakers work to end 'surprise billing'

ATLANTA (AP) - Dan Harrison did what any parent of a sick kid would do.

February 14, 2017 | Ezra Kaplan Associated Press | Legislative Updates


Anderson: Week Five under the Gold Dome

With the completion of legislative days 13 through 16, we now move into week 6 under the Gold Dome. As things really begin to heat up, we will see more discussions and debate surrounding legislation that will have a direct effect on the lives of Georgians.

February 12, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates


Jeffares: Week 5 from under the Gold Dome

Like a well-oiled machine, the 2017 legislative session is running smoothly as we near the half way point. The General Assembly has sailed through legislative day 16, and we are fully involved in the committee process and passing legislation to better Georgia.

February 12, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | Legislative Updates


Belton: Many bills on the General Assembly agenda

The Session is picking up as we move towards the last day in which a bill must pass one chamber in order to be considered by the other. This year, that day will be the 3rd of March.

February 12, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Legislative Updates


House approves bill to remake and expand judicial watchdog

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House of Representatives has approved a bill that would remake and expand the state's judicial watchdog agency.

February 09, 2017 | Associated Press | Legislative Updates


Senate approves budget changes, including storm relief

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawmakers have approved a spending plan increasing state law enforcement pay and providing money for storm recovery in south Georgia.

February 09, 2017 | Associated Press | Legislative Updates


Jeffares: Week 4 from the Capitol

We have now completed day 12 of the Legislative Session and things are moving quickly. Committees are meeting and passing bills daily. We are in full swing and I look forward to keeping you updated as we progress at the Gold Dome.

February 06, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | Legislative Updates


Belton: Slow and steady wins the race

The Session has been very slow this year. The reasons are many, but the biggest is the philosophy that conservative government – by design – should move slowly in order to avoid rash decisions. Thus, leadership has stated we will pass much less new legislation this year. Also, it seems a long way away, but there are dozens of names floating around for Governor and Lt. Governor in 2018, as well as all the other state-wide offices. Thus, many would-be candidates are posturing on where exactly they want to be… treading lightly to avoid any potential mistakes.

February 06, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Legislative Updates


Anderson: Week Four under the Gold Dome

Another week has come and gone at the capitol, and things have really started to get busy under the Gold Dome.

February 06, 2017 | Senator Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates


Anderson: Moving forward through the Legislative Session

Another week has come and gone under the Gold Dome, which means we now have just 32 legislative days left of the 2017 legislative session. From the budget hearings, to the beginning of committee meetings, my first couple of weeks have been filled with new experiences and I am still taking it all in.

January 29, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates


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