April 8, 2021

The Holland Report – 2021, Week 13

The 2021 legislative session ended with a bang on Sine Die as lawmakers in the House worked past midnight on March 31st to pass legislation. A round-up of a few of the good, bad and not-going-anywhere bills follows below. Georgia remained in the news as business leaders spoke out against the omnibus voter suppression law, SB 202, including leaders at Delta …

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March 26, 2021

The Holland Report – 2021, Week 12

As we hurtle towards the end of the legislative session, tensions are rising and days are getting longer. Last week, we met for days 36, 37 and 38 with two committee days to continue moving bills forward. Thursday was the most eventful day under the Gold Dome, when the House passed the omnibus voter suppression bill SB 202. Keep in mind, SB …

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March 24, 2021

SB 202, The Worst Anti-Voting Bill in Georgia

Dear constituents, I’m writing to express my very real concern about the implications of passing SB 202. If you have not been following, SB 202 began as a simple two page bill, requesting that absentee ballot applications be mailed to registered voters only. This bill passed the Senate, and then moved to the House Special Committee on Election Integrity, where the …

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March 20, 2021

The Holland Report – 2021, Week 11

It’s difficult to put into words the emotions flowing from such a difficult week in our community. Like many of you, I’m still reeling from the mass shooting deaths of eight people on Tuesday night:  Soon Park, Hyun Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Yue, Delaina Yuan, Paul Michels, Xiaojie Tan, and Daoyou Feng. I’m grateful that law enforcement apprehended a suspect …

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March 12, 2021

The Holland Report – 2021, Week 10

Bleary-eyed legislators left the State Capitol around 11:30 p.m. on Monday, having passed almost 40 bills out of the House of Representatives. Monday was Crossover Day, the last day a bill could be passed from the House or Senate and move to the other chamber for consideration. With last Friday marking Day 31 of the legislative session, we’re more than 75% …

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March 6, 2021

The Holland Report – 2021, Week 9

Our week started on legislative day 25 with a heartbreaking defeat. After multiple protests and hours of debate on the floor, HB 531, the omnibus voter suppression bill, passed the House. It now moves to the Senate for consideration. This week felt hectic with three very full days of voting and two busy committee days. Why the sudden fast pace? Well, …

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February 27, 2021

The Holland Report – 2021, Week 8

We had a packed week at the Capitol with legislative days 20 through 24 flying by. Session met every day this week, and we voted on many bills – most of which are not that interesting to talk about! However, tensions are rising as HB 531, the omnibus voter suppression bill (see below under Bills to Watch), passed out of …

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February 19, 2021

The Holland Report – 2021, Week 7

It’s hard to believe, but with legislative days 17 through 19 complete this week, we’re almost at the halfway point of the 2021 legislative session! Nearing the mid-point of session is marked by frequent committee meetings and more votes on the floor of the House. Take a look below for some updates about the good, the bad and the ugly this …

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February 13, 2021

The Holland Report – 2021, Week 6

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 …

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February 7, 2021

The Holland Report – 2021, Week 5

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 …

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