On Monday, January 23, we returned to the Gold Dome to begin the third week of the 2017 session. Senate committees began meeting to adopt committee rules. Nearly ninety Senate Bills have been introduced and assigned to commit­tee. The first hearings on legislation will likely begin next week.

Lt. Governor and I welcome the Doctor of the Day Carmen Sulton, M.D.
Lt. Governor and I welcome the Doctor of the Day Carmen Sulton, M.D.

Dr. Sulton is on staff at Emory University School of Medicine. She has hospital privileges at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and Hughes Spaulding campuses as well as Children’s Sedation Services at Egleston. She earned her degree fom Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN and completed her residency and fellowship training at Emory University School of Medicine.

I hope you will take the opportunity to review my weekly updates to stay informed on legislative matters that affect our district and state.

I am always eager to hear from you. Please feel free to contact me at anytime.

Steve Henson

Week In Review

The Senate attended a joint session in the House Chamber to hear the annual State of the Judiciary Address delivered by Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice P. Harris Hines.

He spoke about what the judicial branch has accomplished in the last year, the problems it still faces and the steps that need to be taken to solve them.

Chief Justice Hines touted that Georgia has become a national leader in criminal justice reform policy. It was noted that Georgia still has room for improvement. Georgia has the highest probation rate in the nation and more than 800,000 cases of individuals having to represent themselves in court because they fall into a group of people who earn too much to qualify for legal aid and too little to afford an attorney.

The opportunities technology can bring to our judicial systems can help simplify the processes currently in place. The key to the future success of our courts is to make them more efficient and accessible by advancing the technology available.

Chaplain of the Day Rev. Vandy Simmons Antioch AME
Chaplain of the Day Rev. Vandy Simmons Antioch AME

Rev. Simmons delivered a message of grace and hope to the Senate chamber last Tuesday morning and I hope that we can all take his wise words to heart. I was thrilled to be able to host such a wonderful man and I thank him for his inspiring words.

Rev. Simmons has been serving as pastor of Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church in Atlanta since 2012.

He is a graduate of Tift County High School, Valdosta State University, and Turner Seminary of Interdenominational Theological Center. He is a retired educator from Clayton County Schools. He and his wife, Dr. Bonita Morrow Simmons, have 3 children.

Always enjoy my page!
Always enjoy my page.

I was honored to be named to Georgia Trend magazine’s 2017 100 Most Influential Georgians. I thank for Georgia Trend for considering me.



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