Georgia General Assembly 2016 Session Underway

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The Georgia General Assembly began the second year, our first day, of the 2015-16 biennial session on Monday, January 11, 2016. This is the second year of my freshman term, and more importantly - this is an election year.  The reason I mention this being an election year is because it changes the political dynamics of how the session will proceed.

As I commented early in the 2015 session, it is important to manage the 40-day session to ensure that the truly important, constitutional mandates for the Georgia General Assembly are accomplished, specifically developing and funding a balanced budget. Constitutionally, the only item the General Assembly must accomplish each session is the state’s balanced budget.

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Rep. Jeff Jones Petitions DNR to Expand Access to Wildlife Management Areas

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, January 15, 2016
Contact: Betsy Lynch
(404) 656-3996
betsy.lynch@house.ga.gov

Rep. Jeff Jones Petitions DNR to Expand Access to Wildlife Management Areas

ATLANTA - State Representative Jeff Jones (R-Brunswick) recently petitioned the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to expand access to wildlife management areas in Long County, Georgia.

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Rep. Jeff Jones Calls on the Shore Protection Committee Reconsider Recent Decision

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Contact: Betsy Lynch
(404) 656-3996
betsy.lynch@house.ga.gov

Rep. Jeff Jones Calls on the Shore Protection Committee Reconsider Recent Decision

ATLANTA - State Representative Jeff Jones (R-Brunswick) recently requested that the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Shore Protection Committee reconsider its recent decision to allow construction of a new groin at the south end of Sea Island due to “a significant threat to wildlife and private property on St. Simons Island.”

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SSI Township proposed at Grits and Issues

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Glynn County’s delegation to the Georgia General Assembly is pushing for township over incorporation for St. Simons Island.

That was the collective message Sen. William Ligon and Reps. Alex Atwood and Jeff Jones, all St. Simons Island Republicans, delivered to the business community during the annual Grits and Issues event, hosted by the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce.

“I personally support this concept. It avoids the full blown city issue but still gives authority to the residents,” Jones said. “It will help address the real issue — control over development on St. Simons Island..."

Creating a township would be a wiser route to take, they said, noting it would mitigate any negative effects incorporation may have on Brunswick, Sea Island or other unincorporated areas of the county.  READ FULL STORY →

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Fall 2015 SE GA Legislative Newsletter

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Preventing Syrian Refugees from being Relocated to Georgia

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House of Representatives

Jeff Jones
Representative  District 167
139-358 Altama Connector
Brunswick, GA 31525
(912) 386-0428
jeff@votejeffjones.com
Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Room 411
Atlanta, GA  30334
(404) 656-0126
FAX (404) 651-8086
Jeff.Jones@house.ga.gov
         Standing Committees:             
 
Natural Resources & Environment
Motor Vehicles
Interstate Cooperation
 

 November 16, 2015

The Honorable Nathan Deal
Governor of the State of Georgia
206 Washington St.
111 State Capitol 
Atlanta, GA 30334 

Subj:    Preventing Syrian Refugees from being Relocated to Georgia

 Dear Governor Deal,

            I am writing to you today to urge you to tell President Obama and the Federal Government that the State of Georgia will not accept Syrian refugees being relocated into our state, just as the Governors of a number of states have already announced.

            While I appreciate that this may be a difficult decision, I fully support your efforts to protect Georgia and our country by taking this very important stand. So that you know, I have been contacted by a number of constituents supporting the position of protecting our state by refusing to accept Syrian refugees.  I have assured my constituents that your interests are to protect Georgia and that I am contacting you to let their, and my, views be known.

 

Respectfully,

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Jeff Jones

 

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Discussion about Confederate symbols reverberates

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ATLANTA — Months after a deadly shooting in Charleston sparked calls for the removal of Confederate symbols, Georgia leaders are still batting around proposals, including ideas related to Stone Mountain, the state’s Confederate memorial park and site of the world’s largest stone carving, which depicts three Confederate leaders.

Other legislators feel the same, such as Rep. Jeff Jones, another freshman who’s a Republican from Brunswick. Jones is unhappy with a change Deal instituted by executive order in August when he decreed that the state would no longer observe Confederate Memorial Day and Robert E. Lee’s birthday while keeping them unnamed holidays for state employees.

“This power should rest with the people and their representatives, not the executive branch,” Jones said.

Read Full Story Here: http://savannahnow.com/news/2015-10-25/discussion-about-confederate-symbols-reverberates#

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Delegation opposes expanding gambling

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Pro-gambling legislators would be wise to forget about convincing Glynn County’s state delegation that Georgia is ready for legalized gambling.

It would be a losing bet.

“in the vast majority of cases, those who can least afford it and those who are most adversely affected by it are the citizens who fork over their money to gamble.” ~ Rep. Jeff Jones

State Sen. Sen. William Ligon and Reps. Alex Atwood and Jeff Jones, all St. Simons Island Republicans, are opposed to pari-mutuel betting and casinos.

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Legislators say market should determine wage

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Legislators in Glynn and Camden counties say they are opposed to raising the minimum wage in Georgia.

State Reps. Alex Atwood, Jeff Jones and Jason Spencer and Sen. William Ligon feel what employers pay their employees should be determined by the market, not elected officials.

None favors increasing the minimum wage at this time.

Rep. Jones, R-St. Simons Island, agrees with Ligon. As the owner of Express Lube & Car Wash on Community Road, he knows what increasing the minimum would mean to employees, the business and the consumers.

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Delegations right about minimum wage

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Brunswick News Editorial: Delegations right about minimum wage

Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2015 12:00 am

Members of the state delegations of Glynn and Camden counties say they are disinclined to support any movement in Atlanta during the 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly to raise the minimum wage. Their arguments for not doing so are sound.

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