Week Three: Let the Voting Begin
Updated: Mar 5, 2019
The weeks are continuing to speed by here at the Capitol. Although we have not begun voting on very many bills, it’s still been a busy week, as will be the weeks ahead.
Last weekend Georgia welcomed a massive crowd for the Super Bowl at the Mercedes Benz stadium in downtown Atlanta. Although it’s hard to enjoy the added traffic this brings, we’re grateful for the revenue these out of town guests brought to our great state.
Budget discussions were still at the top of our concerns last week and we exspect to vote on the amended budget ($240 million of extra revenue raised last year) sometime this week. Under our Constitution, any budget bill must sit on our desks at least 24hrs before we can push the YES or NO button. There are no abstentions in the General Assembly, although some members often leave the House floor right before a vote so they will not be on record for voting on a particular bill. A horrible practice that I vowed I would never participate in when I was elected to serve.
As with any vote I make, I will not be taking this amended budget vote lightly. I will continue to vote as confidently and consistently as I always have, making sure I continue to be a limited government, conservative voice for our district, even if I am the only one. Which often times is the case because far too many often trade thier votes for their values. This is exactly why we have big and intrusive government; putting principles aside to play politics with our rights is never the right choice.
That is why it is so important that we continue to hold our government accountable for ALL decisions, especially when they directly affect you, the taxpayer. Once again I’ve found our amended budget is filled with subsidies and plans of throwing tax dollars in multiple directions with almost no real plan.
My proposed bill, HB 4 (The Spotlight Bill) would eliminate this problem making it much more difficult for some areas of the budget to be overlooked and passed along without careful consideration and evaluation. I am currently looking for a cosponsor within the Senate for this bill and will hopefully be able to drop it soon.
This week my bill, House bill 2, also known as Constitutional Carry dropped. I’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped sponsor, support, and push this bill along. Currently I have 5 co-sponsors for this bill Rep. Colton Moore, Rep. Kevin Cooke, Rep. Emory Dunahoo, Rep. Michael Caldwell, and Rep. David Stover. The help and support of my colleagues is very essential to helping this bill pass and I am very thankful for each co-sponsor I’ve gathered thus far. Hopefully with your continued support and support from my colleagues, this bill will come to a vote and pass later in this session.
Last Wednesday I also had the opportunity to talk about HB 2 on the Monica Matthews show, a local radio show in the Atlanta area. I expressed to listeners the importance of this bill and its significance on our government and taxpayers.
Anytime I have the chance to speak about my bill and what we’re working on in Atlanta, I do my best to take advantage of it. I believe keeping my constituents informed is a huge part of why you elected me as your representative. I get a first hand look at many things that go on behind closed doors, and believe it is my duty to share those things with you as well.
I love hearing from those of you who choose to reach out to me and I would like to encourage you to continue to do so with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.
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As always, it is an honor to serve.