Legislative Update, Week 1 (01.20.15)
The 2015 Regular Session of the 152nd Georgia General Assembly commenced last Monday, Jan. 12, with great pomp and circumstance. Legislative day 1 saw the swearing-in ceremonies of each member of the General Assembly as well as Gov. Deal, Attorney General Olens and the other state constitutional officers.
On Tuesday, legislative day 2, the General Assembly convened to begin taking care of regular business, like formally reading proposed legislation and assigning it to the appropriate committees. Committee chairmen were not completed and announced by chamber leadership until Thursday, so there were no committee hearings on proposed legislation last week.
On Wednesday, legislative day 3 of the legislative session, the General Assembly met jointly to hear Gov. Deal’s State of the State address. In that speech, the governor focused on what will certainly be the big themes of this year’s session—transportation, K-12 education, probation supervision, criminal justice reform and medical cannabis oil.
The General Assembly convened again on Thursday, Jan. 15, for legislative day 4, when it received Gov. Deal’s FY 2016 budget recommendations.
The General Assembly did not convene on Monday in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and will be in adjournment this week so the appropriations committees can hold hearings on the Amended FY 2015 and FY 2016 budgets. It will convene next Monday, Jan. 26, for legislative day 5. In the meantime, the State Bar’s legislative team continues to secure sponsors for each item of the Bar’s legislative agenda.
If you have any questions about the Bar’s legislative program and agenda, or if you would like to plan a lobby day under the Gold Dome for your local or voluntary bar association, please contact Thomas Worthy, the State Bar of Georgia’s Director of Governmental Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would also like to encourage you to sign up for the State Bar Action Network, a new, web-based portal that streamlines and simplifies legislative advocacy for our members. You may sign up by clicking here and then clicking on the green button on the right side of your screen.
For additional information about the State Bar of Georgia’s legislative program and agenda, to track legislation or to contact the Bar’s legislative team, please visit the Legislative Program page.