GBAN Legislative Update - January 20, 2017

Walt Farrell

Published January 31, 2017


Legislative Calendar
Session will resume next Monday, January 23, the fifth legislative day, and work through Thursday, January 26. This week, legislators held joint House and Senate budget hearings on the Fiscal Year 2017 amended budget and Fiscal Year 2018 general budget.

Legislation of Interest
Look for legislation of interest in the coming weeks. Archived video of the joint budget hearings can be viewed here. Refer to our Legislative Scorecard to keep up to date on how your elected officials voted on issues important to you and your business.

Current Media
Georgia looks to have not one, but two cabinet positions under the new administration. The AJC story on former Governor Sonny Perdue’s nomination for Secretary of Agriculture can be found here.

If you missed Georgia Congressman Tom Price’s courtesy hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee this week, archived footage can be viewed on C-SPAN. Price will face a formal confirmation hearing by the Senate Finance Committee next Tuesday.

Today is Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States. His team has said that while he plans to sign some executive orders this afternoon, the administration will begin their first 100 days of work on Monday. Politico has a useful rundown of the coming months, here.

Political Engagement
The Georgia Chamber is gearing up for the 2018 election cycle and we need your help. Your personal or corporate commitment today to the Georgia Chamber PAC will ensure that we are prepared to meet the challenges ahead. If you have questions or would like more information about the Georgia Chamber PAC, please contact our Political Affairs Manager, Chelsey Ruppersburg, at