Legislative Week 1: The 2015 Session Begins

Welcome to the 2015 Edition of the Council's "Under the Gold Dome," a weekly publication for the 2015 Georgia General Assembly Session.  As a reminder, this publication comes out each Friday during the Session. 

We will include weekly updates on the happenings in the General Assembly, analysis of legislation and topics of interest to Council Members on legislation "Under the Gold Dome," as well as updates from the Senate Press Office, House Communications Office and bill summaries from the Senate Research Office.  

The opening week of Session, as expected, produced no surprises and left no doubt that this would not be a "do nothing" Session with respect to transportation and infrastructure funding.  Georgia has a $1.5 Billion dollar need in transportation funding and the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House all firmly charged the Georgia General Assembly's role and need for legislation to fully fund our growing transportation and infrastructure needs.  

Many options are on the table, as a result of the 2014 Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding Final Report, which you can read HERE.  

The Council for Quality Growth's President & CEO Michael Paris serves on the Board of the Georgia Transportation Alliance (GTA), a coalition of industry and business leaders whose mission includes "...improve transportation funding and improve our state's transportation infrastructure. "  The coalition, whose efforts are supported by the Council for Quality Growth, will be working tirelessly to ensure we keep Georgia moving forward economically by passing a bill that ensures Georgia's transportation funding needs are met.

Look for the UBER - Rideshare bill to make an appearance, as well as education funding overhauls and potential tax legislation to come out of this Session.  

The Council will be at the Capitol daily and will work to ensure to advocate, educate and inform not only you, but the members of the Georgia General Assembly on the issues outlined in the Council's Legislative Agenda.  

Look for the next Under Gold Dome on January 22nd for a recap of the Budget Week.  

The House and Senate will not be in formal Session next week, and will resume on Monday, January 26th until Thursday January 29th for Legislative Day 8. They have also set a schedule that has them in Monday - Wednesday the following week and Monday - Thursday the week after, putting the Session at Legislative Day 15 on Thursday, February 12.

Council Releases 2015 Georgia General Assembly Legislative Agenda 

 to view a PDF version of the Council's Legislative Agenda.

Council for Quality Growth's Board of Directors State Legislative Task Force Established
The Council Board of Director's has established the 2015 State Legislative Task Force, consisting of members of the Council Board of Directors. 

The Task Force is charged with establishing the Council's Legislative Agenda, as well as directing the Council and providing input on legislation before the Georgia General Assembly.  

Members of the Legislative Task Force include:

Andy Macke
Comcast Vice-President of Government & Community Affairs
(Chairman, Legislative Task Force)

Josh Belinfante
Partner, Robbins, Ross, Alloy, Belinfante, Littlefield and former Executive Counsel to former Ga. Governor Sonny Perdue

Laurel David
Partner, The Galloway Law Group

Doug Dillard
, Weismann, Curry, Nowak & Wilco and former Council Chairman and named "lawyer of the Year" for litigation and land use zoning in 2014 by Best Lawyer.

Steve Labovitz
McKenna Long & Aldridge and former Chief of Staff for the City of Atlanta and named "Georgia Super Lawyer" for Government Law in 2011-2013 by Atlanta Magazine

Tim Lowe
2015 Chairman, Council for Quality Growth and Chairman, Georgia World Congress Center Authority and President, Lowe Principal Management

Gerald Pouncey
Partner, Morris, Manning & Martin and Board Member of the North Georgia water Management District and named one of the Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law

Harold Reheis
Executive Vice-President, Joe Tanner & Associates and former Director of the Georgia EPD.

Scott Selig
Vice-President, Selig Enterprises and Government Affairs Chairman for the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors 2012-2013

Michael "Sully" Sulliva
President & CEO, A.C.E.C and Georgia Transportation Alliance Chairman

Georgia Senate Press Office: Senate in a Minute

During Session, the Georgia Senate Press Office films a daily recap of the Georgia Senate's actions.  


CLICK HERE to view the daily recaps for the 2014 Session.


House of Representatives Floor Notes


Each Session day the Georgia House publishes a recap of the legislative day that occurred in the House.  


CLICK HERE to view the daily recaps for the 2014 Session.



Council's Legislative Bill Tracking
Below is a listing of filed bills, including their sponsor, location and bill analysis.  This represents legislation the Council is actively involved with (denoted by a *) or that is of interest to Council Members.  

If you have a specific question about a piece of legislation, email Director of Government Affairs and Policy at JT@CouncilforQualityGrowth.org

House Bills
Legislation to be added next week
Senate Bills
Legislation to be added next week

January 16, 2015

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