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General Assembly heads to the finish line

With two legislative days remaining until sine die (adjournment), we in the General Assembly are working hard to pass meaningful legislation that reinforces our values, protects our families and promotes job growth.

March 23, 2016 | By Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion


Religious freedom bill moves to the governor

The 2016 Georgia General Assembly is down to the last few days and I believe that much has been accomplished that will serve our state well. The budget is still in committee and is being carefully analyzed before the vote, with every member of the legislature committed to passing a financial plan for our state that is fiscally responsible.

March 23, 2016 | By Rep. Bill Hitchens | Opinion


The days dwindle down to a precious few

Final passes - and on to the governor

March 23, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Remembering what Easter is all about

Editor's note: Continuing a long-standing Easter Week tradition in this space.

March 23, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Gov. Deal’s two choices on ‘religious liberty’

As Gov. Nathan Deal ponders the "religious liberty" bill that the General Assembly has adopted, he can look to recent examples of how two other Republican governors handled this particular issue.

March 23, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Sine die approaching quickly

With Crossover Day behind us, the General Assembly is working diligently to pass meaningful legislation before the clock strikes midnight on Sine Die (adjournment) later this month.

March 16, 2016 | By Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion


Senate passes FY17 budget

Last week the Senate passed its version of the fiscal year 2017 budget by a vote of 53 to 2. The $23.7 billion budget represents growth of approximately 4.3 percent over the revenue estimate in the FY16 amended. This budget includes an additional net $612 million in fuel funds produced by HB 170 being appropriated to transportation.

March 16, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Incumbents playing defense this year

Congressman Doug Collins is the kind of politician who would seem to be very conservative.

March 16, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Time growing short for 2016 session

Last week the House of Representatives spent time in committees and on the floor discussing bills that passed the Senate and were delivered to our chamber on Crossover Day. Concurrently, the Senate spent the week considering bills that we sent to them.

March 16, 2016 | By Rep. Bill Hitchens | Opinion


Bill to halt pipelines’ eminent domain passes

Crossover Day at the Capitol

March 09, 2016 | By Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion


Helping returning soldiers on their property taxes

As we head toward the final days of the legislative session, our deliberations this week in one way or another addressed living responsibly in regard to our rights, the economy, and our tax system. As usual it was a very productive and interesting week at the Capitol and many bills were passed that directly impact our community.

March 09, 2016 | By Rep. Bill Hitchens | Opinion


Amendment would alter state taxes

SR 756 would amend the state constitution and set up a procedure that could lower the state income tax. If the net amount of revenue deposited in the general fund in the preceding fiscal year exceeds $23.6 billion, and the reserve fund holds at least 8 percent of that amount, the individual state income tax would decrease by 0.1 percent. For each subsequent year during which those conditions remain in place, the income tax would decrease by an additional 0.1 percent every year with those conditions.

March 09, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Why shouldn’t parents be held accountable?

To my friends in the Legislature (and, yes, you are my friends. Without you, I wouldn't have a job.)

March 09, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Why you should care about qualifying week

Qualifying week, when candidates fill out the paperwork to be on the election ballot, is something I call "put up or shut up" time.

March 09, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


A flurry of activity for Crossover Day

We ended our week on Friday with a flurry of activity in the Georgia House, in anticipation of Crossover Day on Monday. Our legislation this session continues to reflect our priorities of protecting our families, encouraging job growth and promoting economic development.

March 02, 2016 | By Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion


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Promoting justice and improving driver safety

This session, I had the privilege of helping pass legislation that I believe will help secure justice for crime victims and help enhance public safety ...

May 25, 2016 | By state Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion


Support for military, vets strong in ’16

As a pro-military state, Georgia has a close relationship with active duty soldiers, reservists and guardsmen as well as with veterans. This relationship has been ...

May 25, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


A terrorist who deserves our thanks

There is a terrorist living in my neighborhood and I couldn't be prouder. You may remember that I shared with you the story of ...

May 25, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Fighting a battle they’re sure to lose

This is one of those times when I feel like I'm watching the movie "Groundhog Day." The same things keep happening over and over ...

May 25, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Lawmakers boost economic development, job creation

As your state representative, and as Majority Leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, it has been my goal to pass common-sense legislation that improves ...

May 18, 2016 | By Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion


Public safety and security a priority

Both in legislation and in budgetary initiatives, public safety and security of Georgia's citizens occupied a central role in the legislative and budgetary action ...

May 18, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Random thoughts on random subjects

Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) was arrested in the city of Clayton in early April and charged with driving under the influence, possession of an open ...

May 18, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Will the ‘Trump effect’ cost Georgia incumbents?

Whether you like or dislike Donald Trump, there's no question he has pulled off an impressive political feat.

May 18, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Finding a cure for prescription drug abuse

Before my election to Congress, I served more than 30 years as a community pharmacist. In that time, I witnessed and participated in some of ...

May 18, 2016 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion


A look at pre-k and k-12 education

In my family, we firmly believe that a good education and hard work are keys to future success. As a result, supporting our schools and ...

May 11, 2016 | By Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion


A look at the governor’s vetoes

Not since 2007, when then Gov. Sonny Perdue vetoed 41 bills, has there been such a wide range of vetoes covering both controversial issues and ...

May 11, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Could vetoes impact education reform?

A governor's got to do what a governor's got to do, but Gov. Nathan Deal's veto of the Campus Carry bill and ...

May 11, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Dear Editor, The citizens of Effingham County deserve a Superior Court Judge who has the character,

The casual political observer might be asking this question after taking in the events of the past few weeks: When did Nathan Deal become a ...

May 11, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Legislation to support veterans

I believe it is essential that we, as Americans, honor the men and women in our armed forces that selflessly serve our country and risk ...

May 04, 2016 | By Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion


Heavy legislative year for Human Services

Quite a few legislative changes were made to improve services to children and to enhance protections of children and seniors. For the first time in ...

May 04, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


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