The Senate reconvened on Monday, January 29, and met for four days this week, completing day 14 of the 2018 Legislative Session.

Senate members were busy with committee meetings and passing several pieces of legislation on the Senate Floor. The legislation passed addresses a variety of issues, such as retirement funds for state employees and veterans, and encouraging our friends in Congress to make expanding broadband a priority.

On Tuesday, we unanimously passed two pieces of legislation. Senate Bill 131 addresses the termination of parental rights during adoptions and Senate Bill 321 updates Georgia’s penalties for Medicaid fraud.

On Thursday, the House took action on House Bill 159, the Adoption Bill, and passed an amended version of the Senate Judiciary Committee substitute. The Senate did not take action on HB 159 so that our members have enough time to review and analyze the impact of the changes made by the House in the over 100 page bill. This legislation is very important to the children and families of Georgia and we must do all we can to ensure that the final passage of this legislation ensures children are placed in loving, caring homes and that their needs are fully met.

Next week, we will continue our committee work and floor votes on legislation. We will also be holding Senate Appropriations Subcommittee meetings to review House Bill 683, the Amended Fiscal Year 2018 budget.

The subcommittees and their members will evaluate the proposals in HB 683 for their specific agencies and areas and will make recommendations to the full Senate Appropriations Committee.

We are well into the 2018 session, and on Monday, February 5, the General Assembly will reconvene for legislative Day 15 and legislative week five.

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.

Sincerely,
Steve Henson

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