Legislative Update- Week 2

February 1, 2017

Friends,
After a week of budget hearings, the Georgia General Assembly reconvened last Monday to handle the business of the state.
Celebrating Georgia Tourism, Hospitality, and Arts
We kicked-off the week with Georgia Tourism, Hospitality, and Arts Day at the Capitol.  Georgia’s budding tourism industry generated $59 billion in 2015 and sustains more than 439,000 jobs statewide.
Recently, National Geographic Travel included the Peach State as one of their “Best Trips” for 2017.  To learn more, click HERE.
Honoring Georgia Physicians
On Wednesday, state lawmakers honored our hardworking and highly trained physicians and listened to their ideas on how to make healthcare more affordable and accessible.  Given the doctor shortage that exists in our state, we must work to find ways to train more physicians and keep them in communities with pressing healthcare needs.  I am confident that lawmakers and providers can work together this legislative session to find real solutions that ensure a healthy, prosperous future for our citizens.
2017 Amended Budget
On Thursday, the General Assembly passed Georgia’s Amended Budget for 2017, which prioritizes education, public safety, and transportation. This amended budget also includes funding for several key projects like the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center in Augusta.
Here are some specifics of the Amended Budget:
  • $27.3 million for a 20% increase in salary for law enforcement officers and increases for public safety trainers and criminal investigators.
  • $10 million to support equipment purchases in the Forest Protection program to prevent and combat wildfires.
  • $24.7 million to replace various vehicles in the Department of Public Safety, Department of Community Supervision, Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
  • $108.7 million in new state general and motor fuel funds for transportation and $10 million in one-time funds for the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank.
Page Program

We still have positions open to serve as a Page for this legislative session.  If you have a son/daughter/grandchild who is 12-years old or older and would like to experience the Georgia Capitol – please encourage them to apply to be a House Page!

Below is a link to the application.  Please return your completed application to my Administrative Assistant, Tammy Warren at: Tammy.Warren@house.ga.gov  She will help with submitting your application and scheduling.

Stay Connected
On Saturday mornings, I would love to meet with you in-person for Community Coffee Hours.  This is an excellent opportunity to hear directly from you and to be able to provide first-hand updates on the General Assembly.

You are welcome to join on any of the following dates:

  • February 11th, 9:00AM – Atlanta Bread @ The Forum – 4880 Peachtree Corners Cir, Peachtree Corners, GA
  • February 25th, 9:00AM – Dunkin Donuts – 4009 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners, GA
  • March 11th, 9:00AM – 45, South Café – 45 S Peachtree St, Norcross, GA
  • March 25th, 9:00AM – Duluth Rexall Pharmacy – 3165 Buford Hwy, Duluth, GA
As always, thank you for the opportunity to serve.  You are welcome to give my cell a call anytime at 404.951.8902 or e-mail, Scott.Hilton@house.ga.gov to discuss issues that are important to you.
Sincerely,
Rep. Scott Hilton
Georgia General Assembly
District 95