This week marked days nine through 12 on the legislative calendar. More and more bills are starting to receive hearings in committee, which may lead to more votes on the floor by next week. Meanwhile, here’s a taste of what we’ve been working on and following this week.
The Higher Education committee passed HB67, which extends the carry forward provisions and the provision relating to the write off of small amounts through July 1, 2026 for the University System of Georgia. Authorization was to sunset on July 1, 2021. Carry forward refers to the ability to move all or a portion of unexpended revenues beyond the fiscal year for which it was originally earned.
The City of Atlanta House & Senate delegation met this week, with a presentation by the City of Atlanta, and special guest Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Mayor Bottoms answered questions from legislators, and City of Atlanta staff members discussed the city’s legislative priorities. These include:
- Retaining control of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
- Allowing for greater housing affordability
- Ensuring greater public safety (addressing street racing, banning no knock warrants)
- Limiting county development authorities from issuing bonds within city limits
- Opposing voter suppression bills
Bills to Watch
If you can’t win, why not change the rules? State Senate Republicans filed a package of voter suppression bills on Monday:
SB 67 – provide photocopy of ID when submitting absentee ballot application
SB 68 – bans ballot drop boxes
SB 69 – ends automatic voter registration
SB 70 – prohibits new Georgia residents from voting in run-offs
SB 71 – requires an excuse to vote absentee
SB 72 – mandates monthly updates to election officials of voters who have died
SB 73 – bans nonprofit organizations from mailing absentee ballot applications to voters
SB 74 – expands poll watcher access
These bills have been assigned to the Senate Ethics Committee. Email or call them if you think voting should be made easier, not harder: https://www.legis.ga.gov/committees/senate/75?session=1029
Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of women, claiming one in three lives. Nearly 80% of cardiac events can be prevented due to modest changes in diet and lifestyle. Today, I joined my female colleagues in wearing red to raise awareness to this problem.
Know the symptoms! And get help immediately.
Join me & special guest newly-elected State Senator Sonya Halpern, GA SD39 on Sunday at 4 pm on Zoom for a Listening Session! Ask your questions and share your concerns. Consider us your Super Bowl Warm-Up, only less tackling. Register here:
I will be holding Listening Sessions most Sundays at 4 pm over Zoom until the end of the Legislative Session. The next sessions are scheduled for February 21st, February 28th, March 7th, March 14th, and March 21st.
Registering once will automatically register you for every Zoom, but feel free to only attend the ones you want!
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When this is all over, I encourage you and your family to visit our State Capitol and my office, where all constituents are welcome. I look forward to connecting with you!
My office is located at:
18 Capitol Square, SW
409-B, Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your representative.
Representative Betsy Holland
GA House District 54