Legislative Update Week 3

Friends,
Week Three was an exciting one as we welcomed industry leaders, community advocates, and members of the Georgia National Guard to the State Capitol.
Walton County Bicentennial Day
On Tuesday, community leaders gathered under the Gold Dome to recognize Walton County’s 200th Anniversary Year. We were honored to have Governor Nathan Deal celebrate with us!
To mark this important moment in time, I introduced House Resolution 914, which outlines the history and achievements of Walton County and its residents. To read the full resolution, please click here.
Georgia Is Big On Tourism
 
Tuesday was also Tourism, Hospitality, and Arts Day at the Capitol and industry leaders were under the Gold Dome to celebrate the continued success of Georgia tourism. Annually, tourism brings in $60.8 billion dollars to our economy, employs more than 450,200 Georgians, and accounts for approximately 10.6% of the state’s non-farm workforce.  Governor Deal – and state lawmakers – were presented a check representing the $3.1 billion in state and local tax revenue generated by the tourism industry.
2018 Georgia National Guard Day
During Week Three, we also welcomed members of the Georgia Army National Guard, Georgia Air National Guard, and Georgia State Defense Force to the Capitol. These citizen soldiers are committed to our communities, state, and country, and we cannot thank them enough for their service.
House Page Program
The Georgia General Assembly invites students between the ages of 12 and 18 to the State Capitol for a hands on learning experience.
To apply, please follow the link to the House Page website. I look forward to seeing students from Walton County on the House Floor during the 2018 Legislative Session!
Touring the Capitol 
The Georgia Capitol Museum offers guided tours for individuals and groups throughout the year. If you are planning to visit the Capitol this spring, these tours are a great opportunity to learn about the Capitol’s 120 year history, visit the Capitol Museum, and see Georgia’s lawmakers at work. Please visit the tour office website (here) to schedule your visit.
As always, it is an honor to represent you and your loved ones in the Georgia General Assembly.  Please feel free to call (404-656-5024) or email (bruce.williamson@house.ga.gov) with any questions or concerns.
Sincerely,
Rep. Bruce Williamson
District 115
Georgia General Assembly

Legislative Update Week 2

Friends,
After delivering his final “State of the State” address last Thursday, Governor Nathan Deal released his recommendations for the Amended FY2018 and FY2019 budgets.
Governor’s Budget Proposals
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees met with Governor Deal on Tuesday to learn more about his budget recommendations. The FY 2019 budget proposal – which sets an overall revenue estimate of $26 billion while maintaining a per capita spending level comparable to our 2006 and 2007 budgets – prioritizes healthcare, education, and infrastructure investments.
FY 2019 budget highlights:
  • $361.7 million for the Teachers Retirement System.
  • $127.6 million for K-12 enrollment growth, training and experience.
  • $30 million to assist low-wealth school systems.
  • $54.3 million for resident instruction at University System institutions.
  • $34.4 million for growth in the Dual Enrollment program.
  • $255.9 million for Medicaid to fund growth and offset the loss of federal and other funds.
  • $5.9 million for autism crisis services for children under 21.
  • $22.9 million to implement recommendations from the Commission on Children’s Mental Health.
  •  $100 million in bond funds to repair and replace bridges throughout the state.
Follow The Budget Process! 
Over the next several weeks, Georgia lawmakers will use the Governor’s recommendations to craft budgets that reflect our values and priorities as a state. To watch the budgeting process live, click HERE.
House Page Program
The Georgia General Assembly invites students between the ages of 12 and 18 to the State Capitol for a hands on learning experience.
To apply, please follow the link to the House Page website. I look forward to seeing students from Walton County on the House Floor during the 2018 Legislative Session!
As always, it is an honor to represent you and your loved ones in the Georgia General Assembly.  Please feel free to call (404-656-5024) or email (bruce.williamson@house.ga.gov) with any questions or concerns.
Sincerely,
Rep. Bruce Williamson
District 115
Georgia General Assembly

 

Legislative Update – Week 1

Friends,
On Monday, January 8, Georgia lawmakers gathered under the Gold Dome to kick-off the 2018 Legislative Session.
For forty legislative days, members of the General Assembly will work to pass bills that strengthen our economy, improve educational outcomes for our students, enhance access to quality healthcare, and ensure a bright and promising future for all Georgians.
While in session, we will also work diligently to craft and pass a balanced budget that meets the needs of our state and reflects the values of those we are honored to represent.
Eggs and Issues

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce‘s annual “Eggs and Issues” breakfast was on Wednesday.

Governor Nathan Deal highlighted our state’s economic achievements, current challenges, and upcoming opportunities for growth and prosperity.

Speaker Ralston re-affirmed his commitment to advancing forward-thinking policies that keep our state’s economy strong!
State of the State
During his final “State of the State” address on ThursdayGovernor Nathan Deal highlighted the “orchards of opportunity” planted during his tenure and mapped out priorities for the 2018 Legislative Session, which include continued investments in education, infrastructure, and healthcare.
Committee Assignments
During 2018 Legislative Session, I have the privilege to serve as a member of the House Committees on Banks and Banking, Ways and Means, Government Affairs, Insurance, Rules and the Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications.
I will also serve again as the House Majority Caucus Secretary and Treasurer.
As always, it is an honor to represent you and your loved ones in the Georgia General Assembly.  Please feel free to call (404-656-5024) or email (bruce.williamson@house.ga.gov) with any questions or concerns.
Sincerely,
Rep. Bruce Williamson
District 115
Georgia General Assembly