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Senator Tolleson's Capitol Update

Senator Tolleson's Capitol Update

 

As we write this, the halls of the State Capitol are filled with the smell of peanut butter as today is Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, one of the most anticipated days under the Gold Dome!  PB+J Day brings a smile to the faces of legislators, staff and lobbyists throughout the building.  Our thanks to the Georgia Agribusiness Council and Georgia Peanut Commission for their sponsorship of this great event.  If you have never had a “fried PB+J”, you must treat yourself- you will be glad you did! 

Leadership Dodge Attends Session on State Government

Leadership Dodge Attends Session on State Government

On February 12 and 13, 2013, Leadership Dodge traveled to Atlanta to learn about the economic development process in Georgia. Jim O’Bryan, Manager, Retail Development with Georgia EMC hosted the group at the Cynergy Center, where Charlie Mosley, Project Manager with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), discussed how economic development projects flow through the state. As the marketing arm of Georgia, GDEcD aims to attract new businesses to Georgia, support the expansion of existing businesses, locate new markets for goods produced in Georgia, and to make Georgia the number one state in which to do business.  Bruce Green, Division Director, Tourism Product Development with GDEcD, invigorated the session with a rousing presentation how to make the most of Dodge County’s tourism assets, including the old Jail, Fallen Star Ranch, and downtown development.

Senator Tolleson Updates from the Capitol

Senator Tolleson Updates from the Capitol

 

This week remained busy at the Capitol as the Senate accomplished an additional four legislative days and continued to focus on the 2013 amended budget.  It was also an important week for recognizing several groups that contribute to the conservation and betterment of our environment. 

The budget is constitutionally mandated to begin in the House of Representatives and on February 8, the House voted to approve the amended $19.3 billion state budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2013, which ends June 30.  Also known as the supplemental budget, the plan includes no new programs but would add $245 million in needed Medicaid funding and $172 million to local school systems to address costs associated with enrollment growth in Georgia’s K-12 public schools.  The Senate has now taken up the budget and will analyze every detail to assure our money is being spent responsibly. 

Reps. Bishop and Scott React to State of the Union

Two Congressmen who represent Central Georgia responded Tuesday night to the President's State of the Union Address with fundamentally different views on how effective the Commander in Chief was.

Republican U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, District 8, said he was disappointed in what he called a lack of specifics.

"We didn't get to hear more about his specific plans to undo the sequester that he signed," Congressman Scott said. "That is going to have such a devastating effect on our military," he added, referring to the string of cuts that would hit the Pentagon's budget March 1, if Congress doesn't intervene.

He also felt President Obama missed an opportunity to heal wounds from the weeks-long fiscal cliff standoff.

Senator Tolleson: From the Capitol

Senator Tolleson: From the Capitol

By Senator Ross Tolleson

The 2013 Legislative Session is underway with 14 of the 40 days already completed.  Committee meetings and budget talks are in full swing as we move toward passing the annual balanced budget.  Georgia, just like you, must fiscally make the most with what we have.  We take these budget talks seriously and will continue to update you as we move forward.  Outside of budget meetings, it was a busy week as numerous groups and organizations filled the Capitol with innovating ideas and interest. 

It is always nice to dedicate a day to a great organization and on Monday, members of Georgia’s 4-H program visited to celebrate 4-H Day at the Capitol.  They were presented with a resolution for years of developing our youth and setting the course for them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members to society.

Three MGSC Students Place in International Competition

Three MGSC Students Place in International Competition

Congrats to the three members of the Middle Georgia State Mock Mediation team, which just got back from international competition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates! 

The team, consisting of students Dylan John (captain), Kavan Marambe and Mario Watson, placed second in the Advocate/Client team category and fourth in the Overall Mediator team category. It also received the Outstanding New Team award.

Senator Tolleson: Update from the State Capitol

Senator Tolleson: Update from the State Capitol

 

It was another busy week at the Capitol as I spent the majority of my time meeting with constituents and celebrating and commending the hard work they do throughout the year.

It’s always exciting to work with members of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) which is the only state organization that represents municipal governments in Georgia.  On Sunday, I spoke on a legislative panel for the GMA Environment and Natural Resources Council.  It was an educating experience as we exchanged and discussed issues such as water supply, waste management and air quality and how the legislature is working daily to improve these areas.  I was privileged to spend time with District 20 mayors, Mayor James Faircloth of Perry and Mayor Chuck Shaheen of Warner Robins, at GMA’s Mayor’s Day Conference.  This conference attracts mayors from across the state and provides workshops and training courses to further their skills as leaders.