The Georgia House met officially through Wednesday this week, although legislators will continue researching and writing legislation on local and statewide issues through the weekend. Over 90 bills have been introduced and read on the House floor for the first time. Committees have begun meeting and hearing legislation.
The Georgia House and Senate held joint budget hearings this week to review Governor Kemp’s proposed budget and hear from agency heads. A few highlights: the state continues to experience strong job growth, rising wages and low unemployment. The graduation rate is highest in history at 81.6%. About 33,000 students are participating in dual college enrollment while in high school. Major budget priorities of the Governor: $69 million in school security grants, $3000 permanent yearly raise for every teacher, 2% raise for all other state employees, additional $8.4 million in mental health funding for professionals to work in high schools.
Last week marked the introduction of the 2019 Legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly. On the opening day of session, Governor Brian Kemp was sworn in as the 83rd Governor of the State of Georgia. I would like to express my gratitude to my colleagues in the Georgia House of Representatives for re-electing me as the Speaker Pro Tempore of the House. I’m honored to be able to use this position to serve all of the people of the great state of Georgia. Speaker David Ralston was also re-elected to serve in the same capacity and will continue to do a phenomenal job as the leader of the Georgia House.