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Notes From the Senate
Monday, 04 February 2013

February 4--  The latest from the Georgia Senate from Senator Jack Hill of Reidsville.

"An important part of the Governor's Budget plan released last week was the $813.4 million bond package. The Governor's bond package will largely be spent on K-12 and higher education projects, and renovations and upgrades for existing programs.  The state will pay $72.9 million in debt service (6.7% of prior year net treasury receipts) for FY 14. Below are some of the highlights of the Governor's bond package:

  • $237.8 in bonds for K-12 Education Facilities including $25 million for the purchasing of new school buses state wide.
  • $193 million for the University System of Georgia, including funding for a new Cancer Research Building for Georgia Regents University, a new law school and humanities facility for Georgia State, as well as $10 million for the Health Center at Georgia Southern University.
  • $57.9 million for Technical College System of Georgia, which includes $28 million in new facilities for Altamaha Tech in Brunswick and Camden County.
  • $50 million to the Ports Authority for the deepening of the Savannah Harbor.
  • $26.5 million to the Department of Natural Resources for facility upgrades as well as the acquisition of new lands for wildlife management.
  • $10.7 million to the Juvenile Justice Department for the improvement of current facilities and new units at various YDC's.
  • $25.2 million for reservoir projects through the Department of Community Affairs and Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.
  • The House and Senate will be adding $50 million each to complete the bond package.



  • HB 55- Allows warrants issued for wire taps and pen registers to apply state-wide, instead of only in the jurisdiction of the judge who authorized the warrant.  Passed the House with a vote of 164-1.



  • SB 10- Requires continued testing of the competency of nurses to maintain their license.
  • SB 60- Requires all communications between officials, employees, and members of the General Assembly to be sent electronically. This creates a record of all communications, and all communications can also be reproduced on paper.
  • SB 67- Requires the Department of Revenue to publish its receipts from the state sales and use tax on their website every month.
  • SB 74- Allows people between the ages of 18 and 21 to obtain a firearm carry permit if they have previous military or coast guard training.
  • SB 81- Shortens the ginseng harvesting from August 15 to December 31 to September 1 through December 31.
  • SB 84- Prohibits those who have been convicted of sexual crimes or crimes against minors from obtaining a class P or S driver's license in the state of Georgia.
  • SB 85- Expands the ability of pharmacists and nurses to administer vaccines in addition to the Influenza Vaccine.
  • SB 86- Provides greater protection to victims of family violence, by allowing police officers to intervene on the behalf of victims if they have probable cause to believe someone is violating a family violence order.
  • SR 72- Creates the Fair Tax study committee to study if the Fair Tax is an appropriate alternative to Georgia's current tax code.



  • SR 52- Recognizes Dr. James E. "Jim" Strickland for being honored with the Georgia Farm Bureau's highest honor to a volunteer for his continued impact on agriculture.
  • SR 53- Resolution honoring the life of George G. Allen of Effingham County.
  • SR 68- Resolution honoring the life of Rachel Fowler, former activist for the Georgia Garden Club.
  • SR 76- Resolution honoring the life of Ira S. Womble of Evans County, who was the youngest person to serve in the Georgia National Guard since the Civil War.
  • SR 117- Resolution honoring the life and memory of James Tobe Free of Emanuel County


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