Legislative Update Weeks 1, 2 and 3 of the 2021 Session (January 11 – 29)
By Jeff Jones, Former State Representative HD167
WEEK ONE – January 11th
On Monday, January 11, 2021, the 2021 session of the Georgia General Assembly convened for its first day at the State Capitol in Atlanta. As is the norm for the opening week of each session, much of the activities were ceremonial dealing with the official opening of the session.
Election of Speaker of the House for 2021-22
After the House member were officially sworn in, the most substantive procedural activity was the reelection of State Representative David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) as Speaker of the House of Representatives for 2021-22, a position he has held since 2010. A survey conducted in 2019-20 revealed Representative Ralston commands less than 15% support state-wide by his fellow Georgians. Despite his lack of popularity with voters and the grass-roots state-wide, the majority party House Republicans re-elected Representative Ralston as Speaker of the House for an additional two-year term.Read more