The arrival of Governors Nathan Deal and Nikki Haley marked the beginning of the second part of the program. Each spoke eloquently of the need to work cooperatively on many joint state issues and not just the Savannah River Basin. Presenting a united front would be advantageous. Their speeches emphasized the positive aspects of this meeting and, in fact, the presence of so many state legislators and the executive branches demonstrated their commitments.
The first meeting of this joint caucus was indeed an historic event. Hosted by Georgia Representative Alan Powell, governors and over 30 legislators from both Georgia and South Carolina plus numerous local officials met at the Big Oaks Park on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. As Col. Tickner, Commander Savannah District COE, noted, it was the first caucus between the states not court ordered.
The caucus itself featured speakers dealing with four main topics: Intelligent River System, adaptive management practices, economic development and tourism, and DNR projects.
The 2013 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly convened Jan. 14 and adjourned “sine die” on March 28. Overall, it was a good session that primarily looked after the interests of Georgia taxpayers.
On Thursday, March 28, the 2013 legislative session came to an end when your House of Representatives and Senate completed the 40th and final legislative day. Several of the General Assembly’s key legislative accomplishments took place during the final week of the session.