Shortly after midnight last Thursday, I was honored as Majority Leader to make the motion to adjourn the Georgia House of Representatives. I am proud of what we accomplished during our 40 legislative days at the State Capitol.
Of all of the bills that were voted on during a frenetic 40th day of the 2016 General Assembly, the one that could conceivably affect rural health care the most was the passage of the Conference Committee Report on SB 258, which became the vehicle for the HB 919, "Rural Healthcare Tax Credit."
With two legislative days remaining until sine die (adjournment), we in the General Assembly are working hard to pass meaningful legislation that reinforces our values, protects our families and promotes job growth.
The 2016 Georgia General Assembly is down to the last few days and I believe that much has been accomplished that will serve our state well. The budget is still in committee and is being carefully analyzed before the vote, with every member of the legislature committed to passing a financial plan for our state that is fiscally responsible.
Last week the Senate passed its version of the fiscal year 2017 budget by a vote of 53 to 2. The $23.7 billion budget represents growth of approximately 4.3 percent over the revenue estimate in the FY16 amended. This budget includes an additional net $612 million in fuel funds produced by HB 170 being appropriated to transportation.
Last week the House of Representatives spent time in committees and on the floor discussing bills that passed the Senate and were delivered to our chamber on Crossover Day. Concurrently, the Senate spent the week considering bills that we sent to them.