The Georgia General Assembly convened today on Monday, January 9, 2017, the first day of the 2017-18 biennial session. This is the first year of my second term as the District 167 State Representative, an honor I do not take lightly nor will I ever violate. Representative Don Hogan, District 179, was sworn-in on Monday January 9, 2017, replacing Alex Atwood, who was elected to serve as Glynn County’s Chief Magistrate Judge. I personally wish Representative Hogan the very best as he works to serve the constituents of District 179, and of course, Judge Atwood, as he works to serve the citizens of Glynn County.
Chief on the list of General Assembly assignments, as have I commented before, is to develop and pass a balanced budget, which is a constitutionally mandated requirement of our General Assembly. Developing a budget, specifically a balance budget is not an easy or simple process. I will expand on the budget process in my upcoming updates.
The first week of the opening of the General Assembly is largely ceremonial. If you wish to watch any of the sessions of the House or Senate, please click here.
In my next newsletter, I will discuss bills that I am sponsoring and bills that have been filed in the House. No doubt there are a number of bills that are significant and important to the citizens of Georgia.
Now that session is underway, I want you to know that I will be working hard every day we are in session in Atlanta. I hope you will take the opportunity to review updates like this to keep you informed about legislative matters. If you are interested in watching live sessions of the Houses of Representatives clink this LINK http://www.house.ga.gov/Streaming/en-US/Channel/Georgia To watch the Senate in session, click this LINK http://www.legis.ga.gov/Streaming/en-US/Channel/Senate.
I welcome you to reach out to me and share your thoughts and opinions as we move throughout the legislative session. I can be reached via email at email@example.com, or by phone at (404) 656-0126. I would also like you to encourage your friends and neighbors to sign up for this weekly email update at www.votejeffjones.com.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your representative.
Rep. Jeff Jones