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Gold Dome Update: Week 4

This week we completed legislative day 16, which means there are only 24 more days to pass a balanced budget debate and vote on important legislation. My colleagues and I are hard at work ensuring the work of this great state is conducted responsibly and efficiently.

On Tuesday, I had the privilege to recognize Robert “Bob” Hagan and his service to the Rotary club of Roswell and community. Bob has been a member of the club since 1998 and has served as president, treasurer, secretary, president-elect, president and now District Governor. Bob has been a true inspiration to me through his service and commitment, not only to the Rotary Club of Roswell, but the community of Roswell and worldwide. I am proud to call him my friend.

We were also joined by my fellow firefighters and first responders from around the state in recognition of the 44th annual Firefighters Recognition Day. I continue to work hard to support all of those who serve us in uniform. It was a privilege to welcome them to the Capitol and to thank them for their service.

Senate Bill 274, which will allow county governments to have more control of their budgeting process, passed out of the Senate State and Local Governmental Operations Committee on Tuesday. This legislation will repeal a population act that was put in place in Georgia in 1953. This act required all counties with a population of 200,000 or more to begin their fiscal year on January 1 of each year. It also required a specific budget process to be followed. Senate Bill 274 is now in the Senate Rules Committee.

On Thursday, Senate Bill 277, the Protecting Georgia Small Businesses Act, passed out of the Senate Insurance and Labor Committee. The passage of this legislation out of committee brings small businesses one step closer to controlling their operations at a local level. This control is a result of prohibiting a franchisee or a franchisee’s employee to be considered employees of the franchisor. Senate Bill 277 is now in the Senate Rules Committee.

We will return to the Gold Dome on Monday, February 8 for Day 17 of the Legislative Session. It remains a pleasure to serve you, the constituents of the 56th Senate District. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office. I look forward to hearing from you.