February 21, 2022

The Holland Report – 2022, Week 5

Happy President’s Day! Whether you’re taking the long weekend to shop for a new mattress or  to watch endless programming about the U.S. presidency on the History Channel, I hope you’re enjoying this lovely weekend. Some of my favorite books, movies and television shows over the years have revolved around exploring the office of the presidency. This is a great …

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February 11, 2022

The Holland Report – 2022, Week 4

This week, dozens of bills passed out of committee, and the House approved the amended budget on Friday afternoon. We also passed nearly 100 pieces of local legislation bills to redistrict counties and cities throughout the state, heard from Chief Justice David Nahmias on the State of Judiciary and visited with advocates ranging from the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies to the Court …

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February 11, 2022

The Holland Report – 2022, Week 3

Legislative days 9-11 flew by last week. In addition to debating and voting on legislation, we celebrated visits from the Girls Scouts, wore red in recognition of Women’s Heart Health Awareness Month and welcomed Chaplain Angel Berrios from Fort Benning as our Chaplain of the Day. The Higher Education Committee met to hear from the Department of Audits on the …

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January 30, 2022

The Holland Report – 2022, Week 2

While we waited in line at the bloodmobile outside the Capitol earlier this week, I joked with some colleagues that it already felt like the middle of February. We usually expect a slow ramp up in January before the tough legislative work begins, but the past week has already seen wildly divisive bills dropped in the hopper and contentious bills reach the …

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January 18, 2022

The Holland Report – 2022, Week 1

Last Monday, the Georgia Legislature headed back to the Gold Dome for the 2022 session. To be honest, it feels like we hardly had a break, with special session ending right around Thanksgiving! The atmosphere at the Capitol is still slightly subdued, with mask mandates, twice-weekly COVID testing and very limited guests in the building. On the other hand, all …

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January 12, 2022

City of Atlanta Joint House & Senate Delegation Meeting, 1/12/2022

AGENDA Welcome and Introductions – Senator Nan Orrock and Representative Betsy Holland Speakers on the topic of a proposed Buckhead City: Ed Lindsey, Committee for a United AtlantaMichael Handelman, Neighbors for a United AtlantaTom Gehl, Georgia Municipal AssociationKenyatta Mitchell, City of AtlantaErica Long, Atlanta Public SchoolsRobbie Ashe, Attorney, Bondurant Mixson ElmoreNew BusinessClosing

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November 29, 2021

Special Legislative Session Recap

The special session of the Georgia legislature finally wrapped on Monday, November 22. In addition to passing more than a dozen pieces of local legislation, the legislature also passed three new district maps – one for the state house, one for the state senate and one for the U.S. Congress. In the coming months, you’ll hear a lot of news …

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November 10, 2021

Fighting for Fair Maps

The House & Senate reconvened on November 3rd to vote on the maps proposed by the Legislative & Congressional Reapportionment Committee. Today, we voted on the House maps, which passed 99-79, almost entirely on party lines. Georgia experienced significant growth in the past ten years, and House District 54 grew by almost 30%! As you can see from the new map, …

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November 1, 2021

Voting, Redistricting, & Buckhead City, Oh My!

Tomorrow is Election Day! If you have not early or absentee voted, you must vote at your assigned polling location. You can find your location at the Georgia My Voter Page, as well as a sample ballot. Don’t forget your photo ID! Polling places are open 7 am – 7 pm. If you are in line by 7 pm, you must …

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November 1, 2021

My Statement on Buckhead City

Ever since GOP Representative Todd Jones of Cumming dropped a bill in the Georgia House to incorporate the neighborhood of Buckhead as its own city, discussion of the merits and challenges of a new Buckhead City have popped up wherever I go. I have and will continue to express serious concerns about the ramifications of this legislation. First, I’d like …

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