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Jan. 23 - Rep. Craig Gordon's Update from the State Capitol

By Representative Craig Gordon

January 23, 2019 - Week of Jan. 14

The 2019 legislative session began with the inauguration of our new governor, Brian Kemp, and much activity at the capitol so that legislators can get down to the business of working toward making the lives of Georgians better. I was pleased that Governor Kemp’s inaugural speech emphasized unity across racial, political, and socio-economic lines. He also underscored that he would work for all Georgians, from every community and background, and that is something you know I support. Clearly, unity is something that our state needs and should continuously strive for and I’ll always work toward that goal with my colleagues both in Atlanta and at home.

The Committee on Assignments published the Committee Appointments for the next two years, and it’s in committee where the real work is done. It’s in committee where legislation is considered and vetted before going before the full House for a vote. I was very pleased to learn that I was selected to serve on the Economic Development Committee, the Retirement Committee, the Healthcare Committee, and Special Rules Committee. For the next few weeks, we’ll spend much of our time in the various committees listening to experts, discussing any changes that need to be made to proposed legislation, and considering the effects the legislation could have on Georgians across our state. It’s very detail-oriented work, it takes much time and collaboration, but it’s the most important part of the legislative process and I’m honored to be part of it.

As the session continues, I will keep you informed about matters that are important to our community with these weekly updates, and I encourage you to stay informed and be engaged in this process. I also encourage the students in our district to take advantage of a great opportunity to receive first-hand knowledge about our state’s legislative process by serving as a page in the House of Representatives. For more than 50 years, the page program has connected Georgia’s students to the legislature. Pages take messages to legislators, get to serve on the House floor and see the procedures, votes, official business, and special speakers. It’s an invaluable experience and I would love to host students from our community! For more information about this program, please go to http://www.house.ga.gov/en-US/HousePageProgram.aspx.

As I go to Atlanta each week to represent you, please know that your family, job, and future are always on the forefront of my mind as I consider legislation that could affect our community. It is a great privilege to serve you and I always appreciate your valuable input. Please feel free to contact me at 404.656.0287. Thank you for allowing me to represent you!

 

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