One of our services for our clients is a weekly legislative update. The updates cover general movement on a variety of issues during any given legislative session.

Here are some samples from a previous legislative session:

  • January 18, 2013
    The past two weeks have been busy with a special election and the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.There was a special election on Tuesday, January 8, resulting in two new Senators: Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) and Mike Dugan (R-Carrollton).  Brandon Beach is a DOT board member who will replace former Senator Chip Rogers in District 21.  Mike Dugan is a building contractor who will represent District 30 in a seat that was vacated when Senator Bill Hamrick accepted a judicial appointment to the Superior Court. Read more >>
  • February 1, 2013
    The General Assembly convened five days this week and has now completed nine days of the 40-day session.  The House and Senate passed an adjournment resolution, HR 50, setting the legislative calendar through legislative day 29, which will be on March 5 if they are able to remain on this schedule.  Many House and Senate committees held organization meetings this week. Read more >>
  • February 15, 2013
    Newly elected Republican legislators, Senator Dean Burke and Rep. Scot Turner, were sworn into office this week.  With the addition of Senator Burke, the Republicans now have a super-majority in the Senate, which means they have 2/3’s of the 56 seats and can vote as a block to adopt constitutional amendments without seeking bipartisan support. Read more >>
  • March 1, 2013
    On Tuesday, the headline on the front page of the Atlanta Journal Constitution read “House OKs Historic Ethics Bill.”  That was one of several significant news items for the week. In addition to Speaker Ralston’s historic ethics bills (HB 142/HB 143), the House also passed sweeping reforms in juvenile justice and criminal justice as recommended by Governor Deal’s Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform. Read more >>
  • March 15, 2013
    David Stover (R-Newnan) was sworn in on Monday to represent House District 71, which filled the last open seat in the Georgia General Assembly. Read more >>
  • April 4, 2013
    The final day of the 2013 General Assembly session, March 28, ended shortly after midnight as Speaker Ralston and Lt. Governor Cagle gaveled the end sine die.  The Senate floor was especially chaotic as Senators frantically tried to give final passage to many bills that were still awaiting Senate action.  The House was much more relaxed and reflective as Representatives coasted through the last half hour, with the Speaker pulling a joke on House members and Rep. Alan Powell taking some person privilege time in the well to lament the failed efforts of the gun bill. Read more >>