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2019 Legislative Update

Week 1 – January 21, 2019

The first week of the 2019 Session was marked by a number of events.  The Governor, Lt. Governor, and all of Georgia’s Constitutional Officers were sworn in last Monday at 2pm at the McCamish Pavilion on Georgia Tech’s campus.  A link to watch the event can be found here.

On Thursday, Governor Kemp laid out his agenda and some budget priorities before a joint session of the House and Senate.  Speaking about continued economic development successes, teacher raises, the budget reserve, school safety, and movement toward a Medicaid waiver.  Of special note, Mrs. Marty Kemp was seated among the members of the General Assembly at the same desk that was once occupied by her father, the late Representative Bob Argo, of Athens, GA.  A link to watch the Governor’s address can be found here.  A link to the Budget can be found here.

On Thursday night the Kemp family and the Georgians First Committee hosted the Inaugural Gala.  The event was held at the State Farm Arena and attended by elected officials and citizens across the State.  Thousands enjoyed a fun night of mingling with friends along with entertainment.

The House has completed its list of Committee Chairs and assignments to committees.  House Committees can be accessed here.  The Senate has released a list of Committee officers and member assignments.  Senate Committees can be accessed here.

A schedule of legislative meeting days has been determined through February 8.  The House and Senate reconvene on Monday, January 28 for legislative day 5.  On January 22 and 23, the Appropriations committees will be having budget presentations.  The House and Senate convening schedule is attached here, the Joint Budget Hearing Agenda is attached here.

The Regional Business Coalition of Metropolitan Atlanta (RBC) is an organization of over a dozen of the largest and most active Chambers of Commerce throughout the metro Atlanta region.  RBC member chambers represent over 15,000 member companies who employ millions of metro Atlanta residents.  The RBC’s primary goal is to represent the interests of RBC Chamber members on regional public policy issues impacting our transportation, water and air quality and to advocate for solutions that improve metro Atlanta’s quality of life and economic vitality.