State Rep. Jeff Jones announced Monday his intentions to sponsor a bill that could lead to cityhood for St. Simons Island. On the immediate surface we in fact agree with Jones that this is the right course of action to allow any area its own opportunity to determine its own future.
On Tuesday, January 17, the General Assembly began one of the most important weeks of the 2017 legislative session as the House and Senate Appropriations committees held a series of joint budget hearings. During this week, the joint House and Senate Appropriations committees and subcommittees met and started the process of reviewing Governor Nathan Deal’s budget recommendations for the amended current and upcoming fiscal years in order to turn those recommendations into actual legislation that will ultimately guide our state’s spending.
Each legislative session, as required by our state constitution, we must pass a balanced state budget. After reviewing Gov. Deal’s budget proposals presented this week, members of the General Assembly will begin drafting two budget bills: the Amended Fiscal Year 2017 (AFY 2017) budget and the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 2018) budget. The AFY 2017 budget is an amended budget for the current fiscal year, ending June 30, and uses a more accurate estimate of state revenue to account for any differences between the projected estimate and actual revenue obtained. The FY 2018 budget is a full budget for fiscal year 2018 that uses a projected state revenue estimate to guide state spending beginning on July 1.
Monday, January 9, 2017, marked day-one of the 154th Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly, and the first day of the two-year 2017-2018 term (aka “biennial”). As such, all 180 members of the Georgia House of Representatives took the oath of office and were formally sworn in.
The first sections I discuss the procedural opening of the 2017-18 session and the Governor’s State of the State address to the joint session of the House and Senate. Later in this email, I discuss legislative issues I am involved in.
Opening of the 2017 Session of the Georgia General Assembly
Bear with me a minute as I explain what happens in the opening days of each session of the Georgia General Assembly. You may have read previous emails over my first two years in office, explaining that the first few days of every legislative session is a combination of necessary procedural and ceremonial activity. By rule, and to make everything legal, we must formally call the 2017 session of the House of Representatives of the Georgia General Assembly to order; the Georgia Senate followed very similar procedures. The House formally nominated and elected the 2017-18 Speaker of the House Rep. David Ralston, (R-Blue Ridge), Speaker Pro-Tempore Jan Jones (R-Milton) was also re-elected to her respective positions.
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.Read more
Dear Friend --
As we spend time with our family, loved ones and friends this Christmas season, we give all the praise and glory to God as we celebrate the birth of His son, Jesus Christ. We also give a special thanks to those who are serving in our Armed Forces for without them we would not be free. Also, thank you to our law enforcement and first responders who put their lives on the line everyday to protect and rescue us from difficult and dangerous situations.
We also feel a renewed sense of optimism about the future of our country this joyous season for we truly believe that America’s best days are ahead of us! All of us!
It's an honor to serve the people of Southeast Georgia, and indeed the entire State of Georgia. Thank you for your support, notes of encouragement and input - both when we agree and when we differ.
Lisa, Brant and I pray that you have a blessed Christmas season and a prosperous, happy and healthy 2017!
Rep. Jeff Jones
GA State Rep Jeff Jones, D167, in Athens attending the 30th annual Biennial Institute for Georgia Legislators, by UGA's Carl Vinson Institute of Government, signing up for Georgia's PeachPass to help him get around Atlanta's crazy traffic while "in session" at our State Capital.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2016
Georgia’s Underground or Shadow Economy
Out-of-State Money Wire Transfer Fee bill
By State Representative Jeff Jones (R-Brunswick)
The United States has a massive underground economy – reportedly over $1 trillion. This economy, referred to as our cash economy, includes cash transactions by drug dealers, prostitution rings and workers paid in cash for their labor. Georgia is not immune to this issue. Our state loses millions of dollars of legitimate tax revenue as do other states and the federal government as a result of this problem.
The Out-of-State Money Wire Transfer Fee bill, which I will introduce during the 2017 legislative session, proposes that wire transfer companies shall collect a fully refundable fee on out-of-state wire transfers. To be clear, this fee is 100 percent reimbursable as a tax credit when an individual files their annual Georgia Income Tax, or when the individual provides the proper paperwork. The bill also proposes that the wire transfer companies will receive compensation, similar to the “vendor compensation” paid by the Department of Revenue to vendors for their sales tax collection and reporting efforts.
Businesses, such as banks, wire transfer companies and realtors, are explicitly and specifically exempted from the fee.
According to conservative, unofficial estimates, money wire transfer fee legislation could generate between $30 and $40 million in net revenue annually in the State of Georgia after eligible individuals receive their 100 percent fee reimbursement.
Representative Jeff Jones represents the citizens of District 167, which includes a portion of Glynn, and all of Long, and McIntosh counties. He was first elected into the House of Representatives in 2014, and currently serves on the Interstate Cooperation, Motor Vehicles, and Natural Resources & Environment committees.
By Representative Jeff Jones
This past Friday, February 19 marked the end of week 6, day 24, of the 40 day 2016 legislative session. With “Crossover Day” (day 30) rapidly approaching, the pace of activity has picked up dramatically. Crossover Day is the deadline for all general bills to have been voted on and passed by either the House or Senate to “crossover” to the other body for consideration. When bills crossover, they are subject to the same process – testimony at committee hearings – to then be considered to be place on the Rules Calendar for a vote by either the House or Senate. A number of bills passed out to the House this week, the single most important being the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY2017) state budget, House Bill 751.
St. Simons Island City-Hood – Press Release Issued February 16, 2016
I have inserted a copy (Click Here) of the Press Release I issued explaining my decision to step away from the incorporation legislation draft I was provided by the Citizens for St. Simons Island & Sea Island. I remain committed to finding a solution to the challenges of managing St. Simons continued growth without creation of a burdensome bureaucracy or extensive tax increases, which none of us want to see. My website (www.votejeffjones.com) contains links to a number of newspaper articles, and other materials explaining my position on this subject. This issue is far from over.
Ed. Note: please also see this thoughtful opinion editorial by Reg Murphy. Brunswick News - Glynn County has avoided a very bad idea — for now, at least 2/20/2016Read more
Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 12:00 am
We returned to the Gold Dome on Monday, January 25 for the third week the 2016 legislative session. This week brought more exciting and important work for my colleagues and I in the House. Several House committees and subcommittees met throughout the week to take up legislation, and the full body of the House unanimously passed our first two pieces of legislation of the session. Chief Justice Hugh Thompson also delivered the annual State of the Judiciary Address this week to a joint session of the House and Senate.
Following last week’s budget hearings, the House successfully passed the amended fiscal year (AFY 2016) budget, or the mid-year adjustment of state spending through June 30, 2016. The amended budget, HB-750, is very similar to Gov. Deal’s recommendations, consisting of $1.1 billion, or 5.3 percent, in “new” funds, bringing the total appropriation for AFY 2016 to $22.9 billion with education and transportation funds account for approximately 85 percent of the new appropriations. As a result of the diligent work of the members of the House Appropriations Committee and the staff in the House Budget and Research Office, HB-750 passed the House on Thursday, January 28, 2016 by a vote of 176-0.Read more