During the ninth week of the 2018 Legislative Session, we passed 11 pieces of legislation spending most of our time working in our committees analyzing and evaluating House Bills. We have now completed 33 of our 40 legislative days under the Gold Dome and have busy days ahead of us.
Among the 11 pieces of legislation passed last week are two that I would like to share with you in detail – House Bills 309 and 475. In addition to these bills, we also passed the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) Amended budget which will total $25.4 billion, showing a positive sign for Georgia’s economy. Although we just finalized the budget for the rest of this fiscal year, the Senate wasted no time getting to work on the Fiscal Year 2019 budget. Several appropriations subcommittee meetings were held where we heard budget requests from state agencies, organizations and institutions.
House Bill 309 adds an organized militia to the list of group eligible to be exempt from liability when performing its duties or participating in a state or federally sanctioned training exercise. This will allow our state’s organized militias to train to the best of their abilities without having to concern themselves with unnecessary legal liability.
House Bill 475 creates a set of guidelines relating to donation receptacles on private property. For those seeking to donate, and use receptacles outside his or her business, the owner must regularly empty and maintain the appearance of the area around the receptacle.
While this week was a little slower than usual on the Senate floor, our committees met several times and we moved many House bills through the legislative process. With only seven days remaining in the session, our pace will pick up rapidly over the next few weeks as we close in on Sine Die.
As always, it remains an honor to serve as your Senator, and I want to thank each of you for putting your trust in me. Please remember that I am at the Capitol to represent you and your best interests. It is very important to me to hear from you on any of the issues we are addressing under the Gold Dome and on any concerns you may have in our local community. I believe that our community can be served best if we keep the lines of communication open and work together. I am committed to serving the constituents in the 31st District and encourage you to please reach out to my office and we will help in any way we can. I look forward to hearing from you!
Sen. Bill Heath serves as Chairman of the Government Oversight Committee. He represents the 31st Senate District which consists of Haralson and Polk counties and portions of Paulding County. He may be reached at 404.656.3943 or by email at email@example.com.