Under The Gold Dome
HB 756- Coal Ash Bill
On the first day of session, my colleagues and I dropped HB 756. The disposal of coal ash is currently being handled in an unsafe way. Coal ash is currently stored in unlined pits, allowing toxic materials in the coal ash to contaminate the groundwater. We’re trying to fix this! The bill would apply the same rules for disposing of regular trash to the disposal of coal ash. Disposing of coal ash in a similar fashion to municipal waste would help us keep our water clean. The bill has been assigned to the Natural Resources and Environment committee and we hope to have a hearing soon.
First Two Votes of the Session
HB 276: This bill will tax marketplace facilitators in the State of GA. I made the decision to vote no on this bill, because, while I am not fundamentally against taxing big corporations, these taxes will fall on the backs of Georgia’s consumers who buy products online, and I was not confident that this regressive taxation would not negatively affect many in our community. This bill passed.
HR 882: Four days into session and the partisan posturing has already begun. HR882 was an urging resolution commending Donald Trump on the assassination of Qasem Soleimani. You elected me to make change in the lives of the people in Gwinnett and throughout GA, not to play divisive games designed to stir up controversy. I proudly voted no. This bill passed, largely along party lines. You can see AJC coverage here.
First Meeting of Higher Education Committee
The Higher Education Committee met for the first time this week. We did not hear any bills, but did hear presentations from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission about PPEM and Dr. Tristan Denley of the Board of Regents about the new Nexus Degrees in GA. I’m excited to hear what is happening in the world of higher education and to see what we can accomplish to help the hundreds of thousands students learning here in Georgia. The next committee meeting will be Wednesday, January 27th, when we will have our first hearing of the session.