Gold Dome Update: Week Three

Our third week back to the Gold Dome has been a busy week for the Georgia Senate.

First and foremost, I introduced Senate Bill 67, also known as the Bring Small Business Back Georgia Regulatory Reform Act. The act will remove unnecessary government regulations that threaten the growth and creativity of small businesses. A cost benefit analysis will be required for any new rule; and if a new rule is deemed necessary, two existing rules will be removed. However, rules impacting public safety will not be removed. I am also working with the Job Creators Network and their CEO Alfredo Ortiz on this legislation to make it an example for the rest of the nation to follow.

On Wednesday, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice P. Harris Hines spoke to a joint session of the Georgia Senate and House of Representatives for his annual State of the Judiciary address. In it, he outlined his plans for his branch of the government for this year. Justice Hines addressed Georgia’s juvenile court judges who hear cases dealing with our youngest and most vulnerable population. In order to prevent juveniles from becoming repeat offenders, we must ensure that those who are on the front line of crime prevention have our full support. Justice Hines recommended a move towards a system of independent, full-time juvenile court judges. Dealing with juveniles takes not only bright and compassionate judges but also those who have the resources they need to deal with the complex issues they are presented with.

On Thursday, it was my privilege to recognize Gary D. George, the Director of the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety, for his 50 years of leadership. Director George has served in his position since July 1, 2006, and is a graduate from the FBI National Academy, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development course, and Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. Director George is an exemplary member of the Georgia community and provides an irreplaceable service to Alpharetta. It was a privilege to honor him in the Senate.

When considering the budgets or any legislation, I will always put your best interests at the forefront of my decision making. I will continue to work with my Senate colleagues to build a better life for all Georgians. I am honored to represent you under the Gold Dome and I look forward to keeping you updated as we continue through the 2017 legislative session.