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2016 Legislative review

November 15, 2016


Jan’s newsletter, covering the 2016 legislative session, can be downloaded here: 2016 review (pdf) The newsletter includes a note from Jan, as well as overviews of legislative priorities and notes on significant legislation.
Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones (R-Milton) introduced legislation refining the HOPE scholarship to reward Georgia college students for taking rigorous science, technology, engineering, and math courses. The legislation directs the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to select bachelor-level science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses to receive extra weight for purposes of calculating the HOPE scholarship GPA while a student attends college. Identified core and major courses must be determined to be academically rigorous and required by or lead to jobs in high demand STEM fields. “This initiative will encourage our young people to develop the 21st century skills demanded in STEM fields and make Georgia even more competitive in attracting high tech companies to locate and expand in our state,” said Rep. Jones. The north Fulton legislator said she drew inspiration from Governor Nathan Deal’s earlier creation of the Strategic Industries Workforce Grants, which rewards students entering high demand programs offered by state technical colleges....READ MORE

2015 Top 40 Bills

April 29, 2015


The following legislation passed the Georgia General Assembly during the 2015 legislative session: HB 76 – 2016 Budget The Fiscal Year 2016 budget effective for state spending beginning July 1, 2015, is set by a revenue estimate of $21.8 billion. This reflects an increase of $992 million, or 4.7%, over the original Fiscal Year 2015 budget. Budgeting priorities include enhanced funding for transportation, maintaining State Health Benefit Plan coverage for non-certificated school employees, full funding for Equalization grants for low-property tax wealth public schools, salary adjustments for critical positions in state agencies, support for rural hospitals and provider rate adjustments for doctors that serve Medicaid patients. K-12 education received an infusion of $574.7 million, or 58% of all new revenue.  It provides $165.1 million to fully fund Quality Basic Education (QBE) enrollment growth of 1.33% as well as training and experience for teachers, charter system grants and State Commission Charter School supplements.  The bill also includes an adjustment in Local...READ MORE
Fulton County State Reps File Suit Against Fulton County Commission for Property Tax Rate Increase ATLANTA— Six Fulton County state representatives and one former state representative  announced today that they have filed legal suit to seek a preliminary and permanent injunction against the Fulton County Commission to stop a 17 percent property tax rate increase.  The legislators said that the increase violates measures outlined in House Bill 604, which they sponsored during the 2013 legislative session. “We regret having to take this action, but the Fulton County Commission voted to increase property taxes contrary to state law and property taxpayers’ best interests.  We’re committed to upholding state law and the Georgia Constitution and protecting Fulton County taxpayers,” said Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, primary author of House Bill 604. Plaintiffs of the suit are State Representatives Jan Jones (R-Milton), Harry Geisinger (R-Roswell), Lynne Riley (R-Johns Creek), Joe Wilkinson (R-Atlanta), Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta) and Wendell Willard (R-Sandy Springs) and former State...READ MORE
Georgians can be proud of their generosity towards the vulnerable and needy of our state.  Individuals, churches, non-profits and governments dig deep to give relief to the less fortunate. In fact, state taxpayers provide $3 billion annually in healthcare services through Medicaid to one-in-six Georgians.  From covering 60% of the births in Georgia, to serving as de facto long-term care insurance for many, to providing end-of-life care in hospice, the state offers 117 categories of mandated and optional Medicaid services that range from cradle to grave. Fighting for people, though, does not mean Georgia should increase the income threshold to expand Medicaid.  The aftereffects would hurt far more people than it would help. Last year, Governor Deal wisely declined to expand Medicaid to those earning up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level. Under expansion 650,000 individuals would be eligible for the Medicaid rolls.  Under expansion, 650,000 individuals earning up to $16,000 could enroll as well as any family of...READ MORE
Below are remarks Rep. Jones prepared to present HB 990 on the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives and to respond to questions. Governor Deal signed HB 990 on April 29, 2014. HB 990 Talking Points HB 990 is a straight-forward one paragraph proposal that would require a vote of the legislature prior to any increase of the income threshold to expand Medicaid eligibility, which was mandated under the Affordable Care Act or ACA, commonly known as Obamacare, until the U.S. Supreme Court struck down that provision. The intent is to protect Georgia from the long term and significant consequences of such a decision on the budget, on its citizens and the state economy. Debate and careful decision-making should be exercised by the House and Senate before Medicaid is expanded. In addition to straining our state budget and the delivery of healthcare to our most vulnerable citizens, expansion would establish disincentives for businesses to create higher paying jobs and...READ MORE
I prepared a one-page snapshot of the Georgia budget to give you perspective on how your tax dollars are spent. Click here: State Budget Categories (2014)
Fulton County – 2013 Legislation By Representative Jan Jones Speaker Pro Tem The message to Fulton County residents is clear: Our county needs reform. In response, the Georgia General Assembly recently passed a package of thirteen reform bills that pertain only to Fulton County.  Several others that affect north Fulton cities were also approved. Republican House members crafted, introduced and passed the legislation as part of a reform package designed to improve Fulton County’s efficiency and effectiveness.  Republican Senators carried the last of the bills to final passage on Day 39 of the 40-day legislative session. One important measure that would increase the county homestead exemption passed the House by the required two-thirds majority but was not put to a vote on the Senate floor.  Hopefully, it will pass the Senate next year in time for a referendum to be put before the voters in 2014. Since Fulton County is Georgia’s capitol county and home to 10 percent of the...READ MORE
Fulton County – 2013 Legislation By Representative Jan Jones Speaker Pro Tem The message to Fulton County residents is clear: Our county needs reform. In response, the Georgia General Assembly recently passed a package of thirteen reform bills that pertain only to Fulton County.  Several others that affect north Fulton cities were also approved. Republican House members crafted, introduced and passed the legislation as part of a reform package designed to improve Fulton County’s efficiency and effectiveness.  Republican Senators carried the last of the bills to final passage on Day 39 of the 40-day legislative session. One important measure that would increase the county homestead exemption passed the House by the required two-thirds majority but was not put to a vote on the Senate floor.  Hopefully, it will pass the Senate next year in time for a referendum to be put before the voters in 2014. Since Fulton County is Georgia’s capitol county and home to 10 percent of the...READ MORE