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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


Lawmakers pass bills on gun rights, delay debate on casinos

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers passed dozens of bills Friday, rushing to meet a key deadline for the 40-day session.

March 06, 2017 | Ezra Kaplan and Kathleen Foody Associated Press | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Jeffares: Week 8 from under the Gold Dome

The Capitol halls were buzzing with excitement this week as we reached another important milestone in the 2017 legislative session: Crossover Day. This is a ...

March 05, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Belton: Crossover Day brings excitement to the Capitol

This week was a whirlwind of activity as we came upon Crossover Day, the day in which a bill must pass one legislative body to ...

March 05, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Anderson: Week Seven under the Gold Dome

As we move beyond the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session and have completed days 21 through 24, the schedule gets busier as we ...

February 27, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Jeffares: Week 7 from under the Gold Dome

We are now at the point in the session where legislation originating in the Senate must be passed favorably out of Senate committees, or it ...

February 26, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Belton: A good week for education at the Capitol

The pace certainly picked up this week as the House passed many bills. I'll highlight the most meaningful below.

February 26, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | 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 ...

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 ...

February 20, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


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Archive By Section - LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Anderson: Update from the Capitol: Budget Week

Another week has passed under the gold dome and it was an eventful and informative one. This week, we took a break from our usual routine to hold joint budget hearings. While I am eager to be back in chamber, the budget is one of the most important steps in making sure our money is efficiently and fairly allocated in our state.

January 22, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Belton: A week off is a week on

The General Assembly does not meet during the MLK week. Instead, various committees work on the budget as the rest of us work on bills.

January 22, 2017 | Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Anderson: Getting Started in 2017

Monday, Jan. 9, marked the start of the 2017 legislative session in the state of Georgia and my first day as a state senator. Fifty-five senators from across the state took the oath of office and officially became state senators of their respective districts. I look forward to working hard during our 40 day session to create positive change under the gold dome for everyone in District 43 and our state.

January 21, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Belton: Another 'Forty Days' at the Capitol

As a new year arrives and we begin our proverbial "Forty Days" under the Golden Dome, I'd like to once again begin my weekly updates to you, my constituents.

January 15, 2017 | Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Jeffares: Week 1: Update from the Capitol

The Capitol has come alive again this week as we convened for the first session of the 154th Georgia General Assembly. This year promises to be very busy and offers endless opportunities to strengthen our state's position as a top place to live, to work and to play.

January 15, 2017 | Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Sen. Tonya Anderson sworn in as State Senator

Senator Tonya Anderson (D- Lithonia) was sworn into office as a Georgia State Senator by Court of Appeals Judge Charlie Bethel in a ceremony at the State Capitol Monday, Jan. 9.

January 13, 2017 | Staff Report | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Jeffares: Looking forward: 2017 Legislative Session

For your state lawmakers, a new year brings motivation and a fresh perspective on the needs of Georgians. Monday, Jan. 9 marks the beginning of the first session of the 154th Georgia General Assembly, and your legislators have been preparing for months by researching potential topics and issues. There will be precisely 40 days to present, discuss and vote on legislation to be considered for signing by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2017. There are a number of potential issues that have caught my interest, and I look forward to using my knowledge and experience to make the best decisions ...

January 07, 2017 | Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Belton: Weak diplomacy

Not in their actions - but in their inaction - are most men judged. Such will be the fate of our departing President

January 07, 2017 | Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


Belton: Bidding adieu to a good year for Georgia

As we say goodbye to another year and think about our many blessings, I'd like to write a positive article about where we stand today. While I agree our federal politics are a mess, Georgia is in a very good place, especially compared to our sister states.

December 23, 2016 | Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


State representatives provide insight

Five of Newton County's state-level representatives stopped by for the first-ever Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Pre-Legislative Breakfast sponsored by AT&T Wednesday morning to discuss their priorities for the upcoming legislative session and answer local questions.

November 30, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


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