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Sen. Tolleson Reports from the Capitol

Written by Senator Tolleson, Submitted by the Senate Press Office:

This week, the legislature took the final step to preserving Georgia’s greatest gift to its students, the HOPE Scholarship. The Senate and House agreed on a final version and have sent the bill to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. Putting the program on a financially sustainable path will ensure the viability of HOPE and the pre-kindergarten program for generations to come. With the first merit-based program of its kind, Georgia is still one of only ten states with an active lottery scholarship program. It’s imperative that we maintain this valuable education tool. 

Senate Passes Water Supply Act

Today the Senate overwhelmingly passed Sen. Ross Tolleson’s (R-Perry) bill to allow local governments to utilize public/private partnerships to finance water infrastructure projects.

That is according to a Senate Press Office news release.

The Georgia Public/Private Water Supply Act of 2011 (Senate Bill 122) will allow state and local governments to voluntarily partner with private investors on the construction of reservoirs and other water infrastructure projects.

 “This bill is entirely about local control. It simply gives local governments another tool to finance an infrastructure project to meet that community’s water needs,” said Tolleson. “The Water Supply Act compliments the conservation bill we passed last year, and puts Georgia on the path to ensuring we can maintain the water resources needed to keep up with a rapidly growing state.”  

Sen. Tolleson Offers Mechanism to Fund Water Projects

Sen. Ross Tolleson (R-Perry) has introduced a bill that creates new options for financing water projects in communities throughout the state. 

That is according to a Senate Press Office news release.

The Georgia Public/Private Water Supply Act of 2011 (Senate Bill 122) will allow state and local governments to voluntarily partner with private investors on the construction of reservoirs and other water infrastructure projects.

MGC to Host 'Meet the Candidates' Night

Bleckley County Commissioner candidates Robert Brockman and Barbara Wright will take part in Meet the Candidates Night at Walker Auditorium at Middle Georgia College February 17 at 7 p.m.

The candidates will have a chance to answer questions from a panel consisting of an MGC faculty member, two MGC students and Cochran Journal Editor Jonathan Dye. 

That is according to a Middle Georgia College news release.

The event will be broadcast on Comcast channel 100 on February 25 at 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the MGC Student Government Association and is free and open to the public.

Sen. Tolleson Reports from the Capital

--Submitted by the Senate Press Office, written by Senator Tolleson.

Every year, I enjoy visiting with all the bright and talented students from the 20th Senate District who visit the State Capitol.  This week I met with the Youth Leadership of Warner Robbins, a program designed by the local Chamber of Commerce to expose young leaders to the dynamic community and encourage their input and creativity.  Also from Warner Robbins were several members of the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) who visited the Capitol during National FCCLA Week to celebrate this student organization that helps young men and women become leaders.   

Governor Perdue Receives FAA Kitty Hawk Award

Governor Sonny Perdue is getting honored in a big way for supporting local airports.

The Federal Aviation Administration Southern Region (FFA) announced Perdue as the recipient of its highest honor, The Kitty Hawk Award today.

The award recognizes significant contributions to aviation in the Southeast.

According to a release from the Governor's office, the Georgia State Airport Aid Program contributed $55.6 million to general aviation airports throughout Georgia during Perdue's tenure.

AIRGeorgia, the Airport Initiative in Rural Georgia Fund, granted $32 million to rural airports during the past eight years, with matching funds from other sources resulting in a $90 million total investment in Georgia airports under AIRGeorgia.

The funding enabled general aviation airports to extend runways, install lighting and navigational aids, construct new terminal buildings, hangars and an airport maintenance building that enabled retention of 300 jobs.

Town Hall Meeting

A Town Hall Meeting will be held at the Cochran City Auditorium on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m to discuss the pros and cons of having a sole county commissioner versus a board of county commissioners.