Senate Offices were closed last Monday to observe and celebrate the life and many great achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The positive impacts Dr. King had, and, continues to have on our nation will never be forgotten. Dr. King’s leadership in­spired not just Americans, but people around the world to continue fighting for what they believe is right and to never give up in times of adversity.

On Tuesday, the Senate and House Appropriations Committees held joint budget hearings that began with a presentation from Governor Nathan Deal. The rest of the meeting was ded­icated to agency and department heads providing a breakdown of their budget proposals. The hearings were scheduled to continue on Wednesday but much of Georgia was covered with snow and ice, leading Governor Deal to declare a state of emergency for 83 counties.

I would like to commend the Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia Emergency Management, and Homeland Security Agen­cy, public safety officials on the state and local level, firefighters, EMS and the numerous other men and women who assisted and continue to ensure our citizens remain safe, alert and alive during events like these. We thank you for your sacri­fices and all that you do to ensure that our state, counties, and cities can function as efficiently as possible. Your service is appreciated and we thank you!

Governor Deal made a major announcement on Thursday morning. After much anticipation, the governor announced that Atlanta is included on Amazon’s short list of Top 20 finalists for the company’s second headquarters. Georgia has consistently been ranked the best state in the country for business, and our state has many attractive resources and benefits that give us a competitive advantage over other states. I look forward to seeing how Georgia continues to fare in Amazon’s site selection process.

The Senate is back in session today and we have another busy week ahead of us as the pace of the session continues to pick up.

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 any time.

Steve Henson



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