Friday, May 11, 2012
With the period for the Governor to sign, veto or let bills become law without his signature ending this week, the Georgia Chamber commends Governor Deal and the Georgia General Assembly on an overwhelmingly pro-business legislative session.
Thanks to lawmakers’ strong support of the business community and the work of the Chamber’s Government Affairs team and Government Affairs Council, every measure on the Chamber’s 2012 Scorecard was approved. In addition, a number of bills and resolutions the Chamber supported were signed into law – and several bills that would have potentially hindered business growth and economic development were defeated.
The Georgia Chamber also commends the great efforts of the GBAN members who emailed and called their legislators this session on the important issues.
The Governor’s office maintains a webpage dedicated to updating Georgians on signed legislation.
2012 Scorecard Coming Soon!
In the coming weeks, the Georgia Chamber will be releasing its 2012 Legislative Scorecard – allowing Georgians to see how their elected officials voted on pro-business, job-creating issues. Please visit www.gachamber.com over the next month and be on the lookout for a special GBAN alert for the latest news on the 2012 Scorecard.
Federal Affairs Update
The House on Wednesday passed a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, 330-93. The legislation has the blessing of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and is expected to become law.
The bipartisan compromise provides for a three-year extension of the bank, whose charter is slated to expire May 31, and a phased-in $40 billion increase in its lending capacity, the amount President Obama had been seeking.
The bank is of vital interest to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce because it offers loans and loan guarantees to help both large and small businesses purchase U.S.-made goods and services overseas.
The bill’s passage represented a rare bipartisan achievement in the House just six months before the election. The House is a notoriously partisan chamber, but Republicans and Democrats have worked together in recent weeks to pass several bipartisan pieces of legislation.
Thank you for being a part of the Georgia Business Action Network!
The Georgia Chamber wants to thank you for your support of the business community. To find out how you can become more involved, please take a moment if you haven’t already to complete your online GBAN profile.