Gold Dome Update: Week Six

It was another busy week under the Gold Dome in Atlanta as we completed legislative days 21-24. The pace of session has picked up drastically as we continue to do the people’s business. The Senate has passed a number of important bills, many of which will have lasting, positive effects on the citizens of Georgia.

On Wednesday, the Senate approved and passed House Bill 750, the amended Fiscal Year (AFY) 2016 Budget, as amended by the House. The House made some line item changes and the overall increase to the AFY 2016 budget is now $1.23 billion. This increase in revenue brings the total funding amount to $23.06 billion for FY16. Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 750 into law on Wednesday. The Georgia General Assembly will now focus on HB 751, the FY 2017 Budget, which must be passed before legislative day 40 on March 24. We will be hard at work next week reviewing, amending and hopefully approving HB 751.

On Thursday, the Senate passed the Protecting Georgia Small Business Act, Senate Bill 277, by a vote of 39-14. SB 277 clarifies in Georgia law that neither a franchisee nor a franchisee’s employee can be considered employees of the franchisor. I sponsored this important legislation to protect and support franchisees, which are small business owners, and to give them the power to maintain control of their business operations. Local control allows the small businesses to achieve their goals of growth and prosperity. Small businesses drive the positive progress of our economy and we must continue to do all we can to support their success. SB 277 will now go to the Georgia House of Representatives.

I am humbled you have placed your faith in me to represent the constituents of District 56 at the Gold Dome. Please feel free to contact my office at any time to talk about pending legislation or address other concerns in our district — my door and phone lines are always open.