Friday, in the Georgia General Assembly saw the completion of the fourteenth day of the 2013 legislative session. The legislature held five full days of session this week, as committee activity also increased. Several highlights for this week include: the passage of the Amended Budget (Fiscal Year 2013) by the full House and transmittal to the Senate, ethics reform legislation passing from sub-committee to the full Rules Committee, the State of the Judiciary address, and finishing off the week was a peaceful citizen’s pro-gun rally at the State Capitol on Friday.
The Amended Budget, HB 105, passed 145 to 18 on Friday. This legislation has passed the House chamber and now travels to the Senate for amendment and consideration. The House will now begin working on the FY2014 budget year for the fiscal year beginning July 1st, 2013 and running through June 30th, 2014.
On Monday, the House passed numerous pieces of uncontested local legislation, none of which affects our district. Ethics reform and the accompanying legislation, HB 142, was discussed last week and continued to move through the committee process this week. While there was a lot of misinformation about both the content and intent of this bill, it was amended and passed Thursday during the Sub-committee on Rules. Next week, HB 142 will head to the full Rules Committee for continued debate and potential changes.
I had the privilege on Wednesday to introduce the Chaplain of the Day, Dr. Paul Baxter, and also to present to him House Resolution 52, honoring his 30th Anniversary as Pastor of First Baptist Church on the Square in LaGrange.
Chief Justice Carole Hunstein delivered the State of the Judiciary Address to the Georgia House of Representatives on Thursday. The Honorable Justice Hunstein discussed the need for extensive reform for our juvenile justice system, echoing the comments made by Governor Deal in his State of the State address.
On Friday at the Capitol this week, we saw citizens across our state join together in exercising their 1st Amendment rights in support of their 2nd Amendment rights. Citizens gathered together, enjoying their right to free speech, on the steps of the State Capitol in a pro-gun rally to support our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Across our nation, gun control is a hot topic as the federal government has begun a discussion on possibly trying to restrict our right to keep and bear arms. I will continue to vigorously fight to protect our 2nd Amendment rights.
The Georgia General Assembly will continue day fifteen of the 2013 Legislative Session on Monday, February 11th. Please contact me with your ideas and opinions or if I can be of service to you in anyway. It is your input and common sense ideas that develop into the best legislation and potentially becomes the laws of our State. If you would like to reach me, please call me at (404) 656-5087 or write to me at: State Rep. Randy Nix, 18 Capitol Square, Suite 402 CLOB State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 or e-mail me at email@example.com.