Week 3 of the 2019 legislative session has come to a close. After navigating around an unexpected “snow” day the House and the Senate began their regular committee meetings – the first consisting of adopting rules and hearing presentations. I’ve listed below some highlights from our time in Session.

Broadband Service in Rural Georgia

The Council for Quality Growth has been tracking the development of  Senate Bill 2,  Senate Bill 17,  House Bill 22, House Bill 23, and  House Bill 100. These bills all have slightly different takes on allowing nonprofit telephone companies and electric membership corporations to provide broadband service in rural Georgia. So far HB 22 and HB 23 passed out of the House of Economic Development Committee last Monday.

The Impact of E-Scooters in Atlanta

Last May, Bird, and Lime released their electric, shared scooters into Atlanta as a new form of transportation for anyone trying to get around the city in a cheaper, more eco-friendly way. Now, we are seeing even more e-scooter companies preparing to provide this service as well. Data shows that 79% of people have a “positive perception” of these scooters.

These electric scooters are emerging as a crucial element of the greater mobility discussion in metro Atlanta. This cost-effective and eco-friendly mode of transportation would not only increase transit ridership but could also provide a new, equitable service for underserved communities. If balanced with proper safety considerations, e-scooters are poised to significantly transform the mobility and economic vitality of the metro Atlanta region.

Stay Up-to-Date:

Are you interested in learning more about all that goes on during the Legislative session? If so, the Georgia House of Representatives website has everything that 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.

As the 2019 Session continues to move forward, I promise to work diligently to pass meaningful and helpful legislation for the citizens of Georgia. If you find yourself in Atlanta during session, I encourage you to visit me at my Capitol office, and 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.

Thank you for allowing me to be your representative.

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