Things started picking up during legislative days 13 through 16 at the Georgia House, with bills hitting the floor for a vote every day. I also kept busy with committee, caucus, and delegation meetings. We’re taking Monday off for the holiday, and then we’re back in session on Tuesday.
Whether you’re celebrating this weekend with dumplings for the Lunar New Year or chocolates for Valentines Day or watching the History Channel for President’s Day (what? just me?), I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
My Voting Record
HB 80, the Amended Fiscal Year 2021 budget, passed the Senate and returned to the House for a final vote. The bill passed the House, and was sent to Governor Kemp for his signature.
Again, I voted yes. While the budget still falls short in many ways, the final version provided $1000 bonuses to most state employees, gave 10% raises to prison guards, and increased spending on public health care and education.
HB 112 extends immunity for businesses if employees or customers contract COVID-19 on site, for one more year. My Democratic colleagues unsuccessfully argued that this bill does not do enough to protect Georgia’s workers, creating a blanket immunity for corporations. The bill passed with 99 votes for and 68 against.
I recused myself from this vote due to a conflict of interest.
Bills to Watch
HB 276 was presented to a House Education sub-committee this week. This legislation would ban transgender girls from competing in single-gender sporting events if it doesn’t align with their gender identified at birth. This bill is trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist, and would force an already vulnerable group of young people in Georgia onto the sidelines.
Contact the members of the Education committee if you believe this bill should not move forward.
HR 11 was presented to the Small Business Committee that I serve on this week. This bi-partisan resolution creates the House Study Committee on Innovative Ways to Maximize Global Talent in Georgia. This committee will develop specific recommendations to strengthen Georgia’s economy by enabling Georgia’s foreign-born communities to contribute to the economy to the fullest extent possible. This bill passed out of committee, and will move to the floor of the House for a vote.
Georgia is still in Phase 1A of vaccine distribution:
- Healthcare workers (physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, EMS personnel, environmental services, etc.)
- Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
- Adults aged 65+ and their caregivers
- Law enforcement, firefighters, first responders
Fulton County Board of Health is in the process of changing to the new statewide Vaccine Registration and Administration Solution (VRAS) appointment scheduling system. They have closed the waiting list at this time, allowing the individuals on the waiting list to be served during the transition to the statewide system.
No Listening Session this week! We’ll resume on February 21st. Register here:
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As your Representative, your concerns are important to me. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-656-0116 with questions, concerns, or solutions you may have regarding legislation or other happenings in District 54.
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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