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Senator Tolleson Updates from the Capitol

Senator Tolleson Updates from the Capitol

 

This week remained busy at the Capitol as the Senate accomplished an additional four legislative days and continued to focus on the 2013 amended budget.  It was also an important week for recognizing several groups that contribute to the conservation and betterment of our environment. 

The budget is constitutionally mandated to begin in the House of Representatives and on February 8, the House voted to approve the amended $19.3 billion state budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2013, which ends June 30.  Also known as the supplemental budget, the plan includes no new programs but would add $245 million in needed Medicaid funding and $172 million to local school systems to address costs associated with enrollment growth in Georgia’s K-12 public schools.  The Senate has now taken up the budget and will analyze every detail to assure our money is being spent responsibly. 

Representative John Barrow to Visit Dublin MGSC Campus

Representative John Barrow to Visit Dublin MGSC Campus

 

U.S. Rep. John Barrow, who represents Georgia's 12th Congressional District, will visit the Dublin Campus of Middle Georgia State College at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19. Barrow's visit is to learn more about how Middle Georgia State's Dublin Campus helps meet the area's higher education needs.

The 12th Congressional District covers portions of eastern and southeastern Georgia. It includes the cities of  Dublin, Augusta, Douglas and Statesboro.

Reps. Bishop and Scott React to State of the Union

Two Congressmen who represent Central Georgia responded Tuesday night to the President's State of the Union Address with fundamentally different views on how effective the Commander in Chief was.

Republican U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, District 8, said he was disappointed in what he called a lack of specifics.

"We didn't get to hear more about his specific plans to undo the sequester that he signed," Congressman Scott said. "That is going to have such a devastating effect on our military," he added, referring to the string of cuts that would hit the Pentagon's budget March 1, if Congress doesn't intervene.

He also felt President Obama missed an opportunity to heal wounds from the weeks-long fiscal cliff standoff.

Senator Tolleson: From the Capitol

Senator Tolleson: From the Capitol

By Senator Ross Tolleson

The 2013 Legislative Session is underway with 14 of the 40 days already completed.  Committee meetings and budget talks are in full swing as we move toward passing the annual balanced budget.  Georgia, just like you, must fiscally make the most with what we have.  We take these budget talks seriously and will continue to update you as we move forward.  Outside of budget meetings, it was a busy week as numerous groups and organizations filled the Capitol with innovating ideas and interest. 

It is always nice to dedicate a day to a great organization and on Monday, members of Georgia’s 4-H program visited to celebrate 4-H Day at the Capitol.  They were presented with a resolution for years of developing our youth and setting the course for them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members to society.

Senator Tolleson: Update from the State Capitol

Senator Tolleson: Update from the State Capitol

 

It was another busy week at the Capitol as I spent the majority of my time meeting with constituents and celebrating and commending the hard work they do throughout the year.

It’s always exciting to work with members of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) which is the only state organization that represents municipal governments in Georgia.  On Sunday, I spoke on a legislative panel for the GMA Environment and Natural Resources Council.  It was an educating experience as we exchanged and discussed issues such as water supply, waste management and air quality and how the legislature is working daily to improve these areas.  I was privileged to spend time with District 20 mayors, Mayor James Faircloth of Perry and Mayor Chuck Shaheen of Warner Robins, at GMA’s Mayor’s Day Conference.  This conference attracts mayors from across the state and provides workshops and training courses to further their skills as leaders. 

Senator Tolleson: Report from the State Capitol

Senator Tolleson: Report from the State Capitol

 

In week two of the legislative session, the Senate did not convene, instead it was a week dedicated to budget hearings and getting out around the community.  As always, I am dedicated to my responsibilities at the Capitol, but it’s the time I spend listening to my constituents that I enjoy the most.

Thursday, I was happy to welcome nurses from District 20 to celebrate “Nurses Day at the Capitol”.  More than 1,000 nurses from across the state met and developed legislative ideas to make their jobs more effective and less restricted by government regulations.  I had the pleasure of meeting with several nurses that expressed concerns, ideas and praises for the legislature.  These men and women have dedicated their lives to taking care of others and I remain committed to protecting their rights to access the proper tools, incentives and technology to perform their job to its full potential. 

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