Hi everyone! I am glad you are here for another weekly update of the happenings under the Gold Dome! I have a couple of updates this week that involve the HR 1 bill and the AFY 2019 budget and I am sharing them below!

Nathan Deal Judicial Center

On Wednesday, the House passed House Resolution 1, which names the new appellate judicial complex the “Nathan Deal Judicial Center.” Given our former Governor’s focus on criminal justice reform, it is only fitting that this new judicial center bears his name. The reforms that were championed by Governor Nathan Deal saved Georgia taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in additional prison spending, significantly reduced the minority prison population, and created innovative solutions to treat nonviolent offenders suffering from mental illness as well as substance abuse. The Resolution passed with 159 votes yea and 2 votes nay.

To learn more about House Resolution 1 click here.

AFY 2019 Budget Highlights

On Friday the House passed House Bill 30, the supplemental appropriations for the State Fiscal Year July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019. The House Bill passed with 166 votes yea and 8 votes nay. I have listed for you below some highlights of the amended 2019 budget.

  • $10 million for emergency disaster relief assistance to Georgia farmers in counties impacted by Hurricane Michael. This add builds upon the $55 million appropriated to the Georgia Development Authority to assist farmers during the 2018 Special Session.
  • $69.4 million to provide school security grants of $30,000 each for 2,314 school facilities including charter schools, college and career academies, GNETS facilities, and the three state schools.
  • $8.4 million in additional funding the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to expand the Georgia Apex Program, which provides support counselors in high schools for students suffering from mental health issues.
  • $1 million for the Department of Community Health to craft state flexibility options for Georgia’s Medicaid Program under the federal waiver program.

Until then please feel free to contact me to voice any concerns or questions you have on any legislation up for consideration in the House or the Senate. I can be reached at my Capitol office at 404-656-0287, or by email at karen.mathiak@house.ga.gov. As always, thank you for allowing me to serve as your state representative!

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