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
If you believe Georgia House Speaker David Ralston should immediately resign, please contact your Georgia State Representative today. Politely tell your State Representative you think David Ralston should resign and urge your Representative to immediately contact Gov Kemp's office @ 404-656-1776. Tell the Governor you will stand with him and Republican House members in demanding Speaker David Ralston to resign.
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With kind regards,
Rep. Jeff Jones, HD167
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Thursday, April 18, 2019
Contact: Jeff Jones
House Members Call for Speaker Ralston to Resign as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives
ATLANTA – State Representative Jeff Jones (R-Brunswick, D167), along with a number of other House Members, announced his continued support for Rep. David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge, D7) to immediately resign his position as the Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives.
In February, 2019, news outlets reported that in a 2-year period, Speaker Ralston had filed 57 requests for continuance on 21 cases. Of the 93 days that Ralston told the courts he was unavailable, 76 (81%) were outside of the legislative session. “It was because of the initial reports of Speaker Ralston’s abuse of the legislative leave law that I decided to sign on to House Resolution 328 calling on Speaker Ralston to resign his position as Speaker of the House of Representatives”, explained Rep. Jones. “I knew in my heart that this was just the tip of the iceberg which has since been proven to be true.”
“Since the Atlanta Journal Constitution first broke the story about Ralston’s abuse of Georgia’s legislative leave law a few months ago,” said Jones, “additional research has turned up an astonishing number of abuses of legislative leave in criminal and civil cases Ralston handles.”Read more
Week 8, Ending March 8, 2019
Thursday, February 28 this past week was that important annual legislative date we call “crossover day” in the Georgia General Assembly. Any bills not passed by either the House or Senate have no chance of being signed into law by Governor Kemp. Sometime that’s a good thing, except of course unless its legislation I am working on. That is said only partially tongue-in-cheek.
A Crisis in House Leadership
Because of the stand I and others have taken publicly regarding a serious crisis in our State General Assembly leadership at the highest levels, important legislation I have been working on in behalf of the citizens of Georgia is “politically” stuck, and will not move in 2019. I could easily spend this entire newsletter discussing this issue, so much more information that the public has yet to hear, but instead please indulge me while I share one particularly inspiring, but typical, comment I received from a District 167 supporter, and then I will move on to other important state matters:
“Thanks, Jeff. And thank you for standing up for all of us in your efforts to assure that our state leaders are worthy of honor. I stand with you.” - Mark N. Glynn County, GA
District 167 Constituents of Glynn, McIntosh and Long Counties and Citizens and Residents of the State of Georgia.
As most of you know, I am working hard every day to represent the citizens of House District 167 and the State of Georgia by following sound and honorable practices. You are to whom I report and to whom I am held accountable in my legislative activities.
Today, February 22, 2019 ended day twenty of the 2019 session, and I am pleased to report that I am making significant progress on the legislation listed on my published 2019-20 legislative agenda. My progress includes filing the very important Georgia Mariculture Development Act of 2019 (HB450). I have hearings scheduled for two coal ash bills (HB93 & HB94) this coming Monday and Tuesday, February 25th and 26th, and a tentatively scheduled hearing on Oyster Mariculture next week as well. Plus progress on changing the drivers licenses issued too non-citizens in our state.
There are many activities going on in addition to working on my legislation.
Today, Friday, February 22, 2019, I signed on to a resolution asking House Speaker David Ralston to voluntarily step down from his position as Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Georgia General Assembly. This was not a decision taken lightly.
My dedication and commitment to work and honorably serve the citizens of District 167 and the State of Georgia is unwavering. Despite my having signed the resolution, I am fully expectant that Speaker Ralston will separate the politics of the office he holds as Speaker of the House of Representatives from fulfilling the same solemn oath both Speaker Ralston and I made on opening day of the 2019 session. The oath of service I made is to you.
In your service, I remain,
By Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge)
From the world’s busiest airport to the fastest growing container port in America, Georgia leads the nation in moving people and goods. That didn’t happen by accident.
On the contrary, for generations, Georgians have invested in the infrastructure necessary to facilitate our forward momentum.
Recently, we have invested in deepening the Port of Savannah with a quarter of a billion dollars in state funding. We have also modernized our funding for roads and bridges through the Transportation Funding Act of 2015 (HB 170).
We have planned prudently and invested wisely, but we still have more work to do. And, for the first time in many decades, we have an ally in Washington, D.C.Read more
Pictured: Rep. Jeff Jones with Georgia House Pages; Christopher and Anna, and the Honorable Speaker David Ralston.Read more
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