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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February 28, 2020

The Holland Report – 2020, Week 7

We’re halfway there! Friday marked legislative day 21, so we are now past the halfway mark of the 40-day legislative session. Expect more bills to start coming through each day and for our time in the chamber to run longer as we head toward Crossover Day on March 12. Voting Spotlight Gracie’s Law Passes the House On Friday, February 28, …

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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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