Monthly Archives: January 2010

This past week we settled into the routine of committee meetings, and debating legislation. For the first time, I was appointed to the Appropriations Committee, which examines the State’s Budget, the one task we are mandated to complete according to the State Constitution. Water rights have become a serious issue in our State. The House Natural Resources and Environment Committee continues to look for more ways to insure a sufficient water supply for our growing state. This week the full … [read more]
This past week was focused on the annual budget hearings with all the agency heads and the full appropriations committee. This is my first year on the Appropriations Committee, so I am eager to jump in and start learning about the process. Here’s the skinny on the budget: Governor Perdue released his amended budget proposal for 2010 and for Fiscal Year 2011. The Fiscal Year 2010 Amended Budget figure released was reduced to $17.4 billion , from an original budget … [read more]
Well, the first week is over and the 2010 General Assembly is off and running. We are in Session for 40 Legislative days, and 4 are now in the books. I thought I would let you know of a couple of highlights from the week: The Georgia House of Representatives elected a new Speaker, David Ralston, from Blue Ridge. I like David, who, in only one week, has brought a new attitude and environment to our Chamber. He will make … [read more]