News from under the Gold Dome

by | February 14, 2020 9:53 am

by REP. BUTCH PARRISH, 158th District

Monday, February 3, was Legislative Day 10 and marked the start of the fourth week of the 2020 legislative session. Last week, my colleagues and I have been busy meeting in our committees, and the House convened on the House floor for three days, where we passed several important measures, including an adjournment resolution that set our calendar for the next few weeks of the legislative session.

On Wednesday, the House unanimously adopted House Resolution 935, a bipartisan measure that would reauthorize the Georgia Commission on Freight and Logistics for the 2020 calendar year. The commission, which was first created in 2019, would continue its work to develop unique and specific solutions for trucking, rail and air cargo, including reducing the driving risks for truck drivers and other motorists, expanding dedicated lanes for moving freight and reducing traffic impacts in and out of the ports and around key metropolitan areas. By the end of the year, the commission would submit a comprehensive report detailing a legislative framework for funding and policy development ahead of the 2021 legislative session. HR 935 will now be considered by the Senate, and if it is adopted, the commission would continue its necessary work to identify ways to support the state’s freight and logistics industries and allow Georgia to maintain its competitive advantage in these industries.

We also took time last week to honor some of the bravest individuals who call Georgia home- our firefighters. It takes a truly selfless person to voluntarily put their life at risk to protect others from harm and our property from destruction. February 4, 2020 was designated as Firefighters Recognition Day. It was a privilege to have firefighters from across Georgia be with us at the Capitol to thank them for their bravery and dedication to our state.

Finally, before we adjourned for the week, the House adopted Senate Resolution 712, which is a second adjournment resolution that determined our legislative calendar for the coming weeks. This adjournment resolution is unique in that it allows the General Assembly to remain in recess until February 18 so that we can better focus our time and energy on the Amended FY 2020 and Fiscal Year 2021 budgets. My colleagues and I will use this time to craft balanced budgets that invest wisely and move our state forward.

The House and Senate will reconvene on Tuesday, February 18 for Legislative Day 13. Until then, the House will hold important budget hearings and devote our time at the Capitol to finalizing the state budgets. As always, I greatly appreciate any feedback I receive from my constituents, and I welcome you to contact my office with any questions or concerns about the legislative session before we adjourn Sine Die.

I am honored to serve the 158th House district and to continue to represent you as the Chairman of the House Health Sub-Committee on Appropriations. I also serve as a member of the Economic Development, Banks and Banking, and Rules Committees.

Please feel free to contact me throughout the session with your thoughts or concerns on pending issues, or whenever I can be of service. My legislative office is located in Room 245 of the State Capitol, and you can reach me by phone at 404-463-2247 or email me at butch.parrish@house.ga.gov.

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