2013 Week 1 Legislative Report

Published: January 16, 2013

By Mark S. Woodall
Director of Governmental Affairs

On Monday, January 14, the Georgia General Assembly began the 2013 Legislative Session. The Georgia Senate adopted Senate Rules including a new $100 gift cap and also officially elected its new Senate officers. Gwinnett County’s Senator David Shafer was elected President Pro-Tem and Fayette County’s Senator Ronnie Chance was elected Majority Leader. The new leadership team and Senate Rules members are expected to restore many of the powers back to Casey Cagle and the Lt. Governor's office that were stripped in the past.

The House re-elected David Ralston of Blue Ridge as Speaker, Jan Jones of Milton as Speaker Pro-Tem and Larry O'Neal of Warner Robbins as Majority Leader. The Senate has given committee and room assignments to its members, while House members are still waiting for theirs.

Earlier this morning, I attended the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s annual Eggs and Issues Breakfast at the World Congress Center. Business leaders heard from Congressman Isakson, Governor Deal, Lt. Governor Cagle, Speaker Ralston, and Atlanta Mayor Reed. Senator Isakson spoke about the prospects of securing approval and funding for deepening the Savannah port. He also shared his perspective on the work needed to tackle spending cuts in the second prong of the fiscal cliff debate. State and local leaders spoke about the importance of working together across the political aisle for the benefit of the state. . . . .

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