Dear Friends and Neighbors:
The 152nd session of the Georgia General Assembly kicked off to a productive start on Jan. 14 with 37 freshmen Representatives joining 141 returning legislators in the House. In addition, special elections for two newly vacant seats take place today.
The House began the term by overwhelmingly re-electing Rep. David Ralston as
Speaker and myself as Speaker Pro Tempore. I’m grateful and excited to continue
to represent your interests in this leadership position.
I’m also pleased to continue serving as ex officio of all House committees, in
addition to my stated position on the Appropriations, Education, Ethics,
Reapportionment, and Rules Committees.
The remaining 29 official days of session will be spread out over February and
March. Although we’ve introduced several important pieces of legislation in the
past three weeks, we have much more to accomplish before the session ends.
Governor Nathan Deal’s State of the State address included recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. He proposed a $19.8 billion budget that will allocate
funds to juvenile justice reform, greater educational opportunities for children, and many other important initiatives. For the Governor’s complete address, visit my website, www.janjonesforgeorgia.com.
Earlier this session, House and Senate members met with the Governor and state agency heads to modify the remaining Fiscal Year 2013 budget and finalize the FY2014 budget. State revenues show a slight increase from FY2013, but greater spending requirements in important areas like healthcare and education, plus an
uncertainty regarding federal funding, resulted in the majority of state agencies taking a three-percent budget cut.
Please note that our House District number has changed from 46 to 47. As always, I look forward to assisting constituents, so feel free to visit me at the
Capitol, call my office at 404-656-5072, or contact me through my Facebook
District 47, Fulton County