April 28, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 15

The big news last week was Governor Kemp’s executive order that allowed certain businesses to resume operations. This order has raised lots of questions and concerns. Frankly, I believe it is too early for many of these businesses to open as it will be nearly impossible to follow CDC guidelines while performing services. Many experts think Georgia is at least …

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April 20, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 14

I’ve gotten several emailed questions this week about when Georgia will reopen. While Governor Kemp’s shelter in place order expires on May 1st, it’s important to remember that  these decisions must be made based on public health data, and not on economic data, as difficult as that may be. While we all understand the desire for a return to normalcy, …

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April 13, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 13

As we settle into our new normal, I know that we’re also in a holding pattern. We’re waiting for Georgia to peak in terms of number of infections, currently estimated for the end of April.  We’re waiting for schools to reopen. We’re waiting for the economy to restart. We’re waiting for stimulus checks. We’re waiting for small business assistance from …

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April 4, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 12

I will be hosting another Virtual Town Hall on Sunday, 4 pm, using Facebook Live! You can join me here for the event Feel free to email me questions beforehand at betsy@betsyforgeorgia.com, or add them to the chat during the event.  Even though the General Assembly is still suspended, it’s been a busy week.  Governor Kemp finally issued a Stay in …

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March 30, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 11

I don’t know about you, but I’ve completely lost track of what day of the week it is. As I work to keep up-to-date with the various executive orders and declarations at the city and state level, it’s hard to believe that some of the biggest changes around the COVID-19 outbreak happened just last week. I do know that numbers …

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March 21, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 10

PLEASE NOTE: I have scheduled a Facebook Live Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, March 24, at 5 pm. You can access it here. Feel free to submit questions ahead of time by emailing me at betsy@betsyforgeorgia.com, or by commenting on my Facebook page. Friends – I have to be honest – I’ve struggled with how to talk about our current state …

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March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Atlanta-Specific Updates

The news of the pandemic continues to be more alarming each day.  I was able to sit in on a conference call today, March 16, 2020, with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for an update on the situation. Mayor Bottoms asked for patience and understanding as decisions are made hourly in coordination with the Governor, expert Dr. Carlos Del Rios of …

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March 15, 2020

COVID-19 Update

UPDATE: Just got off a conference call with Governor Kemp, Dr. Toomey (the head of Georgia Department of Public Health) and my fellow legislators. Please share this information with your networks. COVID-19 testing sites are on their way! Georgia will have testing sites in the communities because hospitals and medical facilities are already overwhelmed. Sites are intended for those who …

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March 13, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 9

I don’t know about you, but one topic seems to be dominating every conversation I have – the COVID-19 virus. Like many of you, I’ve been trying to find a balance between being cautious and overreacting. With the announcement that this novel coronavirus has reached pandemic levels, our state and city governments are making some responsible decisions regarding “flattening the …

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March 6, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 8

On Thursday, we finished day 25 of the legislative session. With less than a week to go before Cross Over Day (the day when the House must pass all bills to go to the Senate and vice versa), things are getting very busy under the Gold Dome! I’m delighted to say that I’m seeing lots of constituents each day at …

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