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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 citizens of District 43. It has been a long, exciting and productive three months and I look forward to many more. Over 1,000 bills were filed in the Senate and House this session and while I would love to be able to tell you about everything that happened, I'll just touch on a few highlights. Here are a couple of things that passed on the Senate floor last week:

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 year's legislative session early Friday.

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 to work passing the House's many bills.

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 and older with a state-issued permit to carry a concealed handgun on campus.

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 a state Senator. Last week was filled with long nights and a lot of deliberation about the 35 bills we heard on the Senate floor. Here are a few that could affect our district:

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 increase from last year. Of the new revenue, $775 million will go to education, $186 to transportation, $128 million to public safety and $39 million to economic development. I'm very grateful my efforts to add dollars to military and rural communities were successful, as well as to K12 education.

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 business under the Gold Dome. Committees have wrapped up their work vetting bills and we're pushing hard to get our bills passed through the House. It's been nothing short of a busy session with 5,354 pieces of legislation drafted by members of the General Assembly so far this year, and I'm looking forward to the excitement of the final two days.

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 wrapping up their work to vet and pass out legislation and the Senate is continuing to pass more legislation on the floor. A lot of the bills passed this week were clean up bills, which correct language or update bills passed in previous years.

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 bills this week. Because the Senate and House disagreed on the allocation of the budget, a conference committee has been called to fix the discrepencies in the Fiscal Year 2018 general budget. And with the last day for bills to be passed out of committee coming at the beginning of next week, we are trying our best to review and vet as many House bills as possible.

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. It's all part of the "sausage-making" that is frustrating but not all together surprising as in a Constitutional Republic.

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 Antioch A.M.E. Church on Monday, March 27, 2017. The meeting will cover bills that have passed in the Senate, bills on the calendar and how this legislation could affect you and your family. Sen. Anderson encourages members of the public to attend as this meeting serves as a forum for concerned citizens to have their voices heard by legislators.

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 can be passed out of the Senate this year. The countdown is on as we have only 11 legislative days left to vet and vote on legislation before Sine Die, which signifies the end of the 2017 legislative session.

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 focused on getting our bills heard in the opposite chamber. This process means that Senators stand before House Committees to present their bills and representatives do the same before Senate Committees.

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, and in most cases, makes sure that only the best bills get done.

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


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