It was a great day to be back underneath the Gold Dome! On Monday, I was sworn in to represent House District 73 and I am so honored that I once again have this amazing privilege and opportunity. I’m excited for this Legislative session and I’m looking forward to all the meaningful bills my colleagues and I will pass for the wonderful citizens of Georgia! While the first week back was filled with many memorable moments, perhaps the most memorable of the week was the inauguration of Georgia’s new Governor, Brian Kemp. We are so excited for Governor Kemp’s leadership and believe he will do great things for the state of Georgia. In Kemp’s inaugural address delivered Thursday, January 17 from the House floor, he highlighted a few of the following budget initiatives:

  • A $3,000 pay increase for teachers.
  • A $69 million increase in school security grants that are to be equally apportioned among all of Georgia’s 2,000 plus public schools.
  • An additional $1 million for the state health department’s budget in order to expand access to Federal Medicaid waivers.
  • A recommendation to eliminate state support of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District which totals to approximately $200,000.
  • Rejected a $250,000 request by the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority for additional Xpress operations support as well as rejection a $10 million request by the State Roads & Tollway Authority for year 3 of the 10-year operations of the Northwest Corridor and I-75 South.

In his State of the State address, Governor Brian Kemp also recognized Officer Matt Cooper, who was wounded in a line-of-duty shooting on Labor Day last year, as well as six other law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty last year. Kemp assured the General Assembly and the families of the officers that they remain in the state’s thoughts and prayers. I am so thankful for our law enforcement officers and everything they do to keep our citizens safe!

I am honored to be under the leadership of so many thoughtful and hard-working men and women. Below is a list of the House Leadership for the 2019 Legislative Session:
Speaker of the House – David Ralston
Speaker Pro Tempore – Jan Jones
Majority Leader – Jon Burns
Majority Whip – Trey Kelley
Majority Caucus Chair – Matt Hatchett
Majority Caucus Vice Chair – Micah Gravley

 

The Council will also be closely watching for any legislation arising from the Senate Study Committee on operations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, legislation affecting our Community Improvement Districts, historic tax credits, and land use policies that impact our local developers and builders, among other priority areas.

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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