Last week was the second full week of the 2020 Legislative Session in Atlanta. Jan. 27 was International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Here at the Capitol, we commemorated the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust along with other victims of the Nazi regime. We unveiled a memorial on the Capitol grounds to Holocaust victims from Georgia and those who survived concentration camps or participated in the liberation of concentration camps, including the Georgia House’s own Chairman John Yates.
The budget is still a top priority for the whole Georgia House and we continue to hear from department and agency heads regarding how we can best utilize the tax dollars with which we are entrusted to provide vital services to Georgians.
Another issue that we are prioritizing this year is transparency in medical billing and helping Georgia consumers avoid “surprise” bills from healthcare providers. It is important that Georgians can receive accurate information prior to receiving medical care to allow them to make informed decisions on how to proceed with non-emergency treatment. We are working to ensure that Georgians are being empowered to make the best decisions about their healthcare possible.
On Thursday, Gov. Kemp signed the Marketplace Facilitators Act into law. I was honored to attend the signing ceremony and look forward to our state receiving additional sales tax revenues once online retailers are following the same rules that Georgia businesses have been playing by for years.
The entire coastal delegation attended a very informative meeting regarding transportation projects in our region and the plan to remove the overturned cargo ship that is currently resting off the coast. We were also thrilled to participate in Savannah Day on Thursday and see so many of our good friends and neighbors make the trip up to share with legislators from all over the state. Georgians are blessed to have Savannah as an international economic development and tourism destination that benefits the entire state.
As we work hard in the days ahead to strengthen Georgia families and businesses, please do not hesitate to call (404.656.5052), e-mail (Jon.Burns@house.ga.gov), or engage on Facebook (www.FB.com/JonBurnsGA) with your feedback. It is an honor to represent you in the General Assembly, and I look forward to seeing you soon.
Jon Burns represents District 159 in the Georgia General Assembly where he serves as the House majority leader.