Valdosta Daily Times

Local Report from State Capitol

January 17, 2010

Legislative Session Newsletter January 11-15, 2010


On a personal note

It was my honor to serve on newly elected Speaker David Ralston's escort committee on Monday. He selected ten representatives (out of 179) to escort him into the House chambers as the new Speaker. Words cannot express what an honor it was to be one that he chose. I was quoted in The Gainesville Times on Wednesday regarding his election as Speaker. The article link is

The 2010 Committee assignments have just been announced. My committees are Appropriations, Education, SECRETARY of Higher Education, and Special Committee on Small Business Development and Jobs Creation (new committee). Since I have served in the House, Speaker Ralston is the first Speaker to appoint someone from the minority party to be an officer on a standing committee. He is certainly making an effort toward bringing both parties together to work for all Georgians. I truly believe that reaching across party lines is what we need to move forward.

Regarding the Governor's budget, it has just been released online. The link is's-budget-report-order-information-for-fy-2011---afy-2010.aspx if you are interested in reading more.

I'm still learning how to work with the new format of my newsletter. In the next few weeks I'll figure out how to add those who want to be added to the mailing list. Until then, please ask anyone who would like to receive my weekly newsletters, during the session, to send an email to my address ( with "add to newsletter list" in the subject line.

I would like to send a few shout-outs to:

* Lowndes County for becoming a Certified Work Ready Community

* David Retterbush, MD, for his appointment to the Georgia Composite Medical Board

* The City of Valdosta for its 150th anniversary

Did you Know?

Georgia ranks 49th in State Gasoline Tax Rates with 12.4 cents per gallon as compared to New York, with a rate of 42.5 cents (ranked 1st). Information provided by the Tax Foundation, Washington, DC

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