Week Seven of the 2019 has come to a close. We have completed seven weeks and 25 legislative days, of the 2019 session thus far. During week 7 House Bill 31, the Fiscal Year 2020 budget. I also passed my first bill, House Bill 396, during last week’s session as well! I am looking forward to seeing all that the House will accomplish in the remaining weeks of the 2019 Legislative Session! I’ve detailed for you below a short recap of Legislative Session Week 7.
House Bill 31
House Bill 31, the FY 2020 budget, is set by a revenue estimate of $27.5 billion, which is a 3.95% increase over the FY 2019 current budget.
FY 2020 Budget Highlights:
- Provides $300,000 for the creation of the Blight Removal and Code Enforcement (BRACE) program, which gives grants to communities with a population of 2,500 or less to initiate a free, neighborhood-level cleanup for areas with the most code violations and blight.
- Includes a $2,775 pay raise for certified teachers and certified personnel.
- Upon recommendations of the 2018 House School Security Study Committee $174,000 has been appropriated to hire two school safety threat assessment trainers to work with local school systems to develop threat assessment plans.
- Includes $78.4 million in the Department of Community Health for Medicaid growth
- Recognizes an increase of $38.6 million in new revenue for transportation, an increase of 7% over the current year budget.
- Includes $2.84 million to establish the initial budget for the ATL authority.
To learn more about House Bill 31 click here.
House Bill 396
This is the first bill that I have passed as your State Representative. This bill prohibits the transfer of real estate for the purpose of hindering the pursuit of collection of a debt by an unsecured creditor. If you would like to learn more about House Bill 396 click here.
Once again, if you are interested in learning more about all that goes on during the Legislative session then the Georgia House of Representatives website has everything you need to stay up to date and informed. From press releases to live video broadcasts of the House Floor, you can experience your state government in action up close. Click here to learn more.
I want to remind my readers that I am honored to serve on three committees in The Georgia House. These committees are:
If you have any questions or concerns regarding these committees please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
As the 2019 Session continues to move forward, I promise I will continue to work diligently to pass meaningful and helpful legislation for all citizens of Georgia. If you find yourself in Atlanta during this session, I encourage you to visit me at my Capitol office! Also, please do not hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns regarding any current or upcoming legislation. My Capitol office is located at 401-D Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg, 18 Capitol Square SW, Atlanta, GA 30334. My office phone number is 404.656.0152. I can also be reached via email at Dale.Washburn@house.ga.gov.
As always, thank you for allowing me to be your representative and God bless you and your family.