Monthly Archives: January 2011

House Resolutions 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 and 35 were introduced in the House today and signed by Rep. Harry Geisinger, Rep. Jan Jones, Rep. Chuck Martin, Rep. Tom Rice, Rep. Lynne Riley, Rep. Joe Wilkinson and Rep. Wendell Willard.  Senate Resolutions 16, 17 and 18 were introduced by Sen. John Albers, Sen. Judson Hill and Sen. David Shafer. 1 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Georgia so as to provide that the 2 re-creation of a previously existing county which was merged into another county may be 3 accomplished by law, subject to the approval of the voters therein and subject to certain 4 conditions; to provide for the status and effect of the implementing law; to provide for 5 submission of this amendment for ratification or rejection; and for other purposes. 6 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: 7 SECTION 1. 8 Article IX, Section I of the Constitution is...READ MORE
– The advocates to re-create Milton County want smaller, more responsive government, closer to the people.  More than leaving Fulton County, they want to eliminate a government that is too expensive, bloated and inadequate in serving its citizens’ needs. – This is the fifth consecutive year the resolution has been before the Georgia General Assembly. Seven House members and three Senators representing north Fulton individually authored resolutions allowing historically merged counties to be re-created:  Rep. Harry Geisinger, Rep. Jan Jones, Rep. Chuck Martin, Rep. Tom Rice, Rep. Lynne Riley, Rep. Wendell Willard, Rep. Joe Wilkinson, Senator John Albers, Senator Judson Hill and Senator David Shafer. – Should the legislature approve the amendment and it successfully pass a statewide referendum vote in November 2012, it would take several additional years after that to jointly work out intergovernmental agreements and form new county charters to assure all residents have a smooth transition. – Fulton County comprises 10 percent of Georgia’s population.  It...READ MORE

First Day of Session

January 14, 2011


I am deeply humbled to be re-elected Speaker Pro Tem of the Georgia House by a vote of 142-7. It was an honor to be a part of Governor Nathan Deal’s Inauguration yesterday. He will serve our state very well and I was proud to hear of his commitment to the HOPE scholarship. I look forward to working with him and the legislature to assure we keep our commitment to Georgia’s students.