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Friday, 26 March 2010

March 26-- The Georgia State Senate today passed S.B. 502, sponsored by State Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill, which will cut spending on State Boards, State Authorities, Commissions and Councils.

“This is just one in a series of bills the State Senate has passed this session intended to save taxpayer money and help to balance our budget in an economy where every dollar counts.  The purpose of S.B. 502 is very simple: compensation for members of State Boards, Authorities, Commissions and Councils will now be restricted to only the actual transportation costs to attend meetings.  Balancing the budget and providing more jobs in this economy are at the forefront of the Senate’s agenda and will remain my top priority. 

“While we have some very difficult budget decisions ahead of us, we will continue to look for any opportunity - large or small - to cut spending and position our state for greater flexibility.  Chairman Hill's commitment to conservative principles in the midst of a difficult budget year is commendable,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.

Currently, there are over 150 State Boards, Authorities, Commission and Councils comprised of members who are eligible for per diem expenses.  This bill provides that nonelected members of State Authorities, Boards, Commissions and Councils are not allowed to receive any form of compensation for their service, except for reimbursement for actual transportation costs in connection with attendance at meetings. 


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