By: Sen. Mike Dugan (R - Carrollton)
The General Assembly has now completed our 12th legislative day in the 2017 session and we are well on our way to Crossover Day, the final day for Senate Bills to be passed by the Senate. We’ve set the calendar for the remaining 28 days and are scheduled to complete our final legislative day on March 30.
Each year, the Senate Majority Caucus releases a list of priorities they will take up during the legislative session. This year we have named six issues we will work to address. One of them is Senate Bill 2, the “FAST Act – Fairness, Accountability, Simplification and Transparency – Empowering Small Businesses to Succeed,” which I sponsored.
Senate Bill 2 was heard in this week’s Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee meeting. The intention of this bill is to reduce the regulatory burdens placed on Georgia’s small businesses, while simplifying the licensing processes and eliminating nuisance taxes. Our small businesses employ millions of people throughout the state and it’s important that we don’t hold them back from success with redundant bureaucratic practices. I’m proud of the work we have done on the FAST Act as we continue to look at avenues to remove pointless constraints for our greatest drivers of job creation. Georgia’s priorities are the Senate’s priorities, and we will continue to champion small business growth throughout the legislative session.
This week, I had the privilege of welcoming the University of West Georgia’s Student Government Association and the Blue Coat Student Ambassadors to the Capitol. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to talk with such a bright group of young leaders and I’m looking forward to seeing what they all accomplish in the years to come.
As most of you know, the Atlanta Falcons are participating in Super Bowl 51 this Sunday. The Falcons have been a staple in Atlanta and Georgia’s sports history for over 50 years, and it is about time for them to earn a Super Bowl ring. I want to take a moment on behalf of myself and the Senate to wish them the best of luck in Houston this weekend. Rise Up!
I am humbled that you, the citizens of Senate District 30, have placed your faith in me to represent your interests under the Gold Dome. If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding pending legislation, please feel free to reach out to me at any time – my door is always open!