Senator Tolleson: Report from the State Capitol | Environment
In week two of the legislative session, the Senate did not convene, instead it was a week dedicated to budget hearings and getting out around the community. As always, I am dedicated to my responsibilities at the Capitol, but it’s the time I spend listening to my constituents that I enjoy the most.
Thursday, I was happy to welcome nurses from District 20 to celebrate “Nurses Day at the Capitol”. More than 1,000 nurses from across the state met and developed legislative ideas to make their jobs more effective and less restricted by government regulations. I had the pleasure of meeting with several nurses that expressed concerns, ideas and praises for the legislature. These men and women have dedicated their lives to taking care of others and I remain committed to protecting their rights to access the proper tools, incentives and technology to perform their job to its full potential.
Friday, I was honored to attend the Tools for Outstanding Occupational Leadership Students (TOOLS) Award Ceremony and Luncheon at the Oconee Fall Line Technical College in Dublin. I want to congratulate the students on their academic achievements and for receiving the TOOLS Scholarship. I was excited to watch as the students were presented with specific equipment and instruments necessary to enter the workforce. TOOLS is a great program and I am thankful for all those involved in preparing our technical students for a bright future.
The Senate recessed for the week to partake in the joint House and Senate Appropriations meetings and budget hearings. Governor Nathan Deal explained the measures of success in education, workforce development, and job creation and challenged us to join him by focusing on progress in issues like public safety, education, healthcare, and economic development.
Various government agencies presented their budgetary needs and concerns, including the Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams and Environmental Protection Division Director Jud Turner. I commend these men for their hard work and dedication to serving our state regardless of financial downfalls. I look forward to collaborating to keep Georgia at the forefront of environmental innovations and initiatives as we begin committee meetings in the upcoming weeks.
Senators and Representatives will continue working together over the next few weeks to ensure all state operations are properly funded without overspending. In addition to setting the framework for the Fiscal Year 2014 budget, the Fiscal Year 2013 budget must be revised to account for unexpected expenses and growth.
For the next several months, I will be spending a lot of time at the Capitol working on behalf of you this Session. If there are any issues you wish to have addressed, I would love to hear from you. I look forward to continuing my service on behalf of my