Legislative Update January 16, 2010

January 16, 2010

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 an excellent Speaker.

Jan Jones, of Alpharetta, was elected Speaker Pro-Tem, making her the highest ranking woman ever in the history of the Georgia General Assembly. It was a pretty cool moment, witnessing history being made.

Governor Sonny Perdue delivered his final State of State. He asked us to join him in making the hard decisions and sacrifices, and we will.

I introduced legislation to ban texting while driving.

The bill is HB 938, and can be seen at http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/sum/hb938.htm. It has received broad bi-partisan support, and I look forward to moving this bill toward passage. Let me know what you think.

I began my first Session as the House Republican Caucus Secretary/Treasurer, as I was elected to this leadership position by my colleagues last summer. It gets me a “seat at the table” on all decisions, and I look forward to this new challenge.

We began the discussion, as a local delegation, about drafting a charter for consolidation of Macon and Bibb County. This is a vitally important issue to our community, and I intend to use all my efforts to provide YOU the right to vote and decide on this issue next November.

As always, I want to hear from you. Please shoot me emails with comments, concerns, and questions that you might have as we tackle the task of balancing a budget in the worst economic climate of my lifetime.

It is an honor and privilege to serve as your State Representative. I realize I serve at your pleasure, and I’m grateful that you have given me this opportunity.

Allen Peake