Georgia Legislative Report | House District 160
February 9, 2015

Monday, Feb. 9, is the 12th legislative day of the 2015 session of the Georgia General Assembly. 


Please feel free to contact me throughout the session with your thoughts on pending issues, or whenever I can be of service. My legislative office is located at 401-B State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334; phone 404-656-7855 or email [email protected].


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Jan Tankersley
State Representative

Georgia Southern University Day at the State Capitol
Rep. Tankersley, Speaker David Ralston and House colleagues welcome President Brooks Keel and other university officials for Georgia Southern University Day at the State Capitol.

Tuesday, Feb. 3, was Georgia Southern University Day at the State Capitol. It was an honor to welcome President Brooks Keel and other university officials as the House of Representatives adopted HR 111, recognizing Georgia Southern for:
  • The 2014 Sun Belt Conference football championship in the Eagles' first season of competition in the NCAA's highest division.
  • Adding its first women's golf program and the recognition of the Georgia Southern University Golf Course as Best New Course by Golf Digest.
  • Granting the first undergraduate manufacturing engineering program in Georgia and receiving national accreditation for the university's engineering programs.
  • The Georgia Southern School of Nursing receiving $2.2 million in grant funding for scholarships, research and a new certificate program.
  • President Keel's announcement of the Double-Match for REACH Scholarship
  • Four Emmy nods from the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Georgia State Capitol

Lawmakers hear State of the Judiciary message


On Feb. 4, Chief Justice Hugh Thompson of the Supreme Court of Georgia delivered the annual State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the House and Senate. Declaring the judicial system in Georgia as sound and strong, Chief Justice Thompson praised the state's successful expansion of specialty courts, also known as accountability courts, which represent a cost-effective justice alternative for non-violent offenders.
Some specialty courts, such as drug and mental health treatment courts, hold offenders accountable through court-supervised treatment programs. Veterans' courts match military veterans who are non-violent offenders with supportive volunteers who are dedicated to keeping our veterans on the right path by mentoring them through the program. More than 5,000 Georgians have had their cases handled by a total of 116 accountability courts to help reduce the taxpayer burden of incarceration.
Chief Justice Thompson also reported that some areas of rural Georgia are facing challenges regarding access to justice. Six counties have no lawyers at all, and 20 counties have fewer than five lawyers, resulting in a growing number of citizens coming to court without legal representation. The Chief Justice asked the General Assembly to support newly introduced legislation (HB 236), which would create a pilot program to assist law school graduates with repaying their college loans if they agree to work in an underserved county for at least five years.
Education bills move through committee

The House Education Committee has favorably reported legislation that would waive certain residency requirements so that children of active duty military personnel in Georgia will be able to receive special needs scholarships. HB 62 addresses the fact that military families are often required to relocate across the country and would ensure that these children would not be denied certain educational opportunities as a result.
The Education Committee also voted to approve HB 65, which is designed to increase transparency in local school boards by requiring the boards to hold at least two public meetings before adopting any budget. This would give taxpayers, parents and other citizens the opportunity to see and provide input as to how education dollars are being utilized.
HB 62 and HB 65 now await action by the full House of Representatives.

Rep. Tankersley's Legislation
Recent action on legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by Rep. Jan Tankersley:

HB 152 Alcoholic beverages; holders of certain alcohol licenses and those who issue such licenses; impose certain requirements (under consideration in House Regulated Industries Committee)

Click here for all of Rep. Tankersley's 2015-2016 legislation.

Contact Rep. Tankersley
At the Capitol: 401-B State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334

In the District:
P.O. Box 187, Brooklet, GA 30415