This session, I had the privilege of helping pass legislation that I believe will help secure justice for crime victims and help enhance public safety for all Georgians. A summary of these legislative measures is set forth below, for your review and information:
As a pro-military state, Georgia has a close relationship with active duty soldiers, reservists and guardsmen as well as with veterans. This relationship has been demonstrated in steadfast support for military bases around the state, especially in times where base evaluations were taking place. Every year, the Governor and General Assembly address issues facing military families and try to improve conditions for those on duty, for those leaving the service and for veterans.
There is a terrorist living in my neighborhood and I couldn't be prouder. You may remember that I shared with you the story of Col. Frank Gleason sometime back, but as we prepare to commemorate Memorial Day on Monday, his is a tale worth repeating.
As your state representative, and as Majority Leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, it has been my goal to pass common-sense legislation that improves the economic well-being and quality of life for those in my community and around the state.
Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) was arrested in the city of Clayton in early April and charged with driving under the influence, possession of an open container of alcohol and driving 72 mph in a 45 mph zone with four exchange students in tow.
In my family, we firmly believe that a good education and hard work are keys to future success. As a result, supporting our schools and advocating for our teachers, students and administrators have been priorities of mine since I began my legislative career.
A governor's got to do what a governor's got to do, but Gov. Nathan Deal's veto of the Campus Carry bill and the Religious Reform bill makes me wonder if I wasted a year of my life in an effort that is not going to go unpunished.
I believe it is essential that we, as Americans, honor the men and women in our armed forces that selflessly serve our country and risk their lives to protect our freedoms. Honoring our troops and supporting our military veterans has been one of my primary objectives since I was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. And as Majority Leader in the House, I was honored to help pass several bills this year to support our veterans.
Quite a few legislative changes were made to improve services to children and to enhance protections of children and seniors. For the first time in a number of years, most providers received rate increases and many programs aiding the disabled, handicapped, children and seniors received additional funding.