Lawmakers returned to the State Capitol on Monday, Jan. 10, despite treacherous conditions caused by a winter storm that paralyzed much of Atlanta and North Georgia, to convene the 2011 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly.
On Jan. 12, Gov. Nathan Deal delivered his first State of the State address and laid out his proposals for the midyear adjustment to the fiscal year 2011 state budget as well as the annual budget for fiscal year 2012.
The 2011 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly convened Jan. 10, the same day that Governor Nathan Deal was inaugurated in a Capitol ceremony that had to be moved indoors due to the winter storm.
With all of my hopes, this changing of the guard and those made previously with the legislative leadership of Speaker David Ralston, means we will see logical solutions to existing problems.
After three years of failing to reach agreement on a solution to the state’s transportation funding problems, the majority party leaders from both the House of Representatives and the Senate struck a deal behind closed doors that will likely result in another tax increase for Georgia citizens.
Within one hour of laying eyes on the newly minted version of HB 277, lawmakers were expected to vote on the bill – without any opportunity for substantive debate or even a chance to ask questions about the bill’s provisions.
The Ringling Brothers Circus left Atlanta about two months ago. But don’t worry, folks, the “Greatest Show on Earth” – also known as the Georgia General Assembly – still has a few performance days left.
Your ringmasters (the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and House Speaker) added a slight-of-hand trick to their repertoire on Wednesday, April 14, and worked enough magic to convince a majority of legislators to pass a state tax increase valued at upwards of $275 million. First, some background:
Your Georgia General Assembly is in recess for spring break until Monday, April 12.
Last week, the House of Representatives met for three days and acted on only five relatively minor pieces of legislation. Now just seven legislative days are left in the session, with plenty of unfinished business – most importantly final action on the budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2010 and the annual budget for fiscal year 2011 – remaining to be addressed.