February 21, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 6

On Wednesday, the House approved a midyear budget. With bipartisan support, the new budget does restore headcount to some necessary positions like food safety inspectors and public defenders, and it restores funding to important programs like mental health services and accountability courts. However, like many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, I continue to worry that we’re …

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February 14, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 5

The General Assembly has been adjourned all week, as it has focused on budget hearings. The House will reconvene on February 18th.  The Fulton County Delegation focused on elections and voter access during our Friday meeting. As you may have heard, Georgia is introducing new voting machines for use this year, and the first test of the new machines will …

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February 7, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 4

The House has adjourned until February 18th to hash out the details of the budget. While I’m not excited about delaying the important work of passing legislation, it’s imperative that we take the time to evaluate the state’s priorities before appropriating $28 billion of taxpayer money. The budget is the most important piece of legislation that the General Assembly will …

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January 31, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 3

It was another busy week at the Capitol for days 5-9 of the 2020 legislative session. Today, the Fulton County delegation and the City of Atlanta delegation (I am a member of both!)  met jointly to hear from City of Atlanta council members and members of the Fulton County Board of Assessors office.  The Atlanta City Council is in the …

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January 24, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 2

While we weren’t in session this week, it wasn’t exactly a week off – it was a week of budget hearings.  I have to be honest – I’m deeply troubled by the deep cuts being made to Georgia’s budget. How did we get here? Well, let me give you a little background.  The Georgia General Assembly has exactly one constitutionally-mandated …

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January 17, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 1

January 13th, 2020 marked the first day of the 2020 Georgia General Assembly legislative session. We met for four days this week, culminating in the State of the State address by Governor Kemp. I may still be a freshman legislator, but with one session under my belt, the inner workings of the General Assembly are no longer such a mystery, …

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April 10, 2019

The Holland Report – 2019 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

And, scene. That’s a wrap! Last Tuesday was Sine Die, the fortieth and final day of the legislative session. It’s hard to believe that a year ago today I hadn’t even won the Democratic Primary, and now I have my first session in the Georgia House under my belt. You know, I ran for office because I believed I could …

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March 25, 2019

The Holland Report – 2019, Week 9

March 25th marks Day 36 of the 40-day session of the General Assembly. REMINDER: You have until April 1st to file for the Fulton County Homestead Tax Exemption. If you qualify, please file this week. Information can be found here. One controversial bill continues to dominate coverage in the press and conversations at the Capitol – HB 481, the so-called …

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March 18, 2019

The Holland Report – 2019, Week 8

Last week was busy, both under the Gold Dome and out and about in District 54. Under the Gold Dome HB 481 – the 6-week abortion ban is being considered in the Senate. The most controversial bill this session, HB 481, which restricts access to abortion as early as six weeks gestation, before many women know they are pregnant, is …

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March 11, 2019

Fulton County’s Homestead Tax Exemption Changes: What You Need to Know

First and foremost, it is important to note that April 1, 2019 is the deadline to file for homestead exemptions. Fulton County residents who purchased a new home in 2018, made changes to their deed, or who may qualify for a new special exemption should apply. Several new homestead exemptions were approved by voters in November 2018. Most of the …

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