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Gold Dome Report – Legislative Day 2 (2024)
Wednesday, January 10, 2024

The House and Senate were ships passing in the storm on Tuesday as the Senate kept its customary 10:00 a.m. convening while the House delayed its start until 1:00 p.m. on account of the inclement weather across Georgia. With only one committee meeting scheduled, most Senators were headed out of the parking deck before many Representatives pulled in. But it wasn’t just the hour of convening where Representatives and Senators legislators lacked agreement. Legislative Day 2 marked another day burned without adoption of an adjournment resolution setting the legislative schedule for the days ahead. Lawmakers and lobbyists in the halls continue to talk wistfully of the 2023 legislative session, where the chambers agreed to a schedule for the entire session on the first day. Perhaps the sun breaking through the clouds on Tuesday afternoon is an omen of conciliation coming on Wednesday.

Before legislators get back to the people’s work on Wednesday, many will gather along with business leaders from across the state for the annual Georgia Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues breakfast at the Mercedes Benz Stadium. Follow along with the #GoldDomeReport team as we hear from the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the House on their plans for the 2024 Legislative Session.

In this Report:

  • Joint Appropriations Committee Hearing Schedule
  • New Legislation
  • What’s Next

Joint Appropriations Committee Hearing Schedule

In anticipation of Governor Brian Kemp releasing his budget proposals for Amended FY24 and FY25 later this week, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have announced their hearing schedule for next week. During these hearings, legislators will receive briefings from Governor Kemp, the state economist, and state agency heads about budget needs for the coming year. Hearings will be streamed live on the General Assembly’s website.

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024

9:00-9:15 a.m. Chairman’s Welcome
9:15-9:45 a.m. Governor Brian Kemp
9:45-10:15 a.m. State Economist Dr. Robert “Bob” Buschman
10:15-10:45 a.m.

Department of Education

Superintendent Richard Woods

10:45-11:30 a.m.

Univeristy System of Georgia

Chancellor Sonny Perdue

11:30-12:00 p.m.

Technical College System of Georgia

Commissioner Greg Dozier

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-1:20 p.m.

Georgia Lottery Corporation

President Gretchen Corbin

1:20-1:40 p.m.

Georgia Student Finance Commission

President Lynne Riley

1:40-2:00 p.m.

Department of Early Care and Learning

Commissioner Amy Jacobs

2:00-2:30 p.m.

Department of Agriculture

Commissioner Tyler Harper

2:30-2:50 p.m.

Public Service Commission

Chairman Jason Shaw

2:50-3:10 p.m.

Georgia Forestry Commission

Director Tim Lowrimore

3:10-3:30 p.m.

Georgia Technology Authority

Executive Director Shawnzie Thomas

3:30-4:00 p.m.

Georgia State Financing and investment Commission

State Property Officer Marty Smith

State Properties Commission Director Diana Pope

4:00-4:30 p.m.

Department of Community Affairs

Commissioner Christopher Nunn

4:30-5:00 p.m.

Department of Transportation

Commissioner Russell McMurry

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024

8:00-8:45 a.m.

Department of Human Services

Commissioner Candice Broce

8:45-9:30 a.m.

Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

Commissioner Kevin Tanner

9:30-10:15 a.m.

Department of Community Health

Commissioner Russel Carlson

10:15-10:45 a.m.

Department of Public Health

Commissioner Kathleen Toomey

10:45-11:15 a.m.

Department of Veteran Services

Commissioner Patricia Ross

11:15-11:45 am

Department of Administrative Services

Commissioner Rebecca Sullivan

11:45-12:00 p.m.

State Accounting Office

State Accounting Officer Gerlda Hines

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-1:30 p.m.

Department of Economic Development

Commissioner Pat Wilson

1:30-2:00 p.m.

Georgia Ports Authority

President Griff Lynch

2:00-2:30 p.m.

Secretary of State

Secretary Brad Raffensperger

2:30-3:00 p.m.

Office of Insurance and Safety Fire

Commissioner John King

3:00-3:20 p.m

Department of Driver Services

Commissioner Spencer Moore

3:20-3:40 p.m

Employees’ Retirement System

Executive Director Jim Potvin

3:40-4:00 p.m.

Teachers Retirement System

Executive Director Buster Evans

4:00-4:30 p.m.

Department of Labor

Commissioner Bruce Thompson

4:30-4:50 p.m.

Department of Revenue

Commissioner Frank O’Connell

4:50-5:20 p.m.

Department of Audits and Accounts

State Auditor Greg Griffin

5:20–5:40 p.m

Department of Natural Resources

Commissioner Walter Rabon

5:40-6:00 p.m.

Environmental Protection Division

Director Jeff Cown

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024

8:00-8:30 a.m.

Department of Law

Attorney General Chris Carr

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Public Defender Council

Executive Director Omotayo Alli

9:00-9:45 a.m.

Department of Public Safety

Colonel Billy Hitchens

9:45-10:15 a.m.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Director Chris Hosey

10:15-10:45 a.m.

Department of Community Supervision

Commissioner Michael Nail

10:45-11:15 a.m.

Department of Corrections

Commissioner Tyrone Oliver

11:15-11:45 a.m.

Department of Juvenile Justice

Commissioner Shawanda Reynolds-Cobb

11:45-12:15 p.m.

Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Executive Director Jay Neal

12:15-12:45 pm

Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget

Director Richard Dunn

12:45-2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00-3:00 p.m. Block Grant Hearing

New Legislation

The following new legislation of interest has been introduced in the House:

H.B.870 State government; observe standard time; provide  Rep. Dale Washburn (R-144) https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/65941
H.B.872 Medical professionals; rural assistance; expand service cancelable loan program for health care providers to include dental students Rep. Lee Hawkins (R-027) https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/65943
H.B.873 Courts; juvenile treatment court divisions; create Rep. Stan Gunter (R-008) https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/65944
H.B.874 Schools; automated external defibrillators; require Rep. Lee Hawkins (R-027) https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/65945
H.B.875 Firearms; persons convicted of family violence offenses cannot possess or purchase; provide Rep. Shea Roberts (D-052) https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/65946
H.B.876 Banking and finance; update terminology; revise procedures; provisions Rep. Bruce Williamson (R-112) https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/65947

The following new legislation of interest has been introduced in the Senate:

S.B.334 "Helping Firefighters Beat Cancer Act"; enact Sen. John Albers (R-056) https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/65950
S.B.335 "Safeguarding Adopted Children from Sexual Violence Act"; enact Sen. John Albers (R-056) https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/65951
S.B.336 Administration of Mental Health; Behavioral Health Coordinating Council to be represented by a delegate or agent; allow for certain officials Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick (R-032) https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/65952
S.B.337 Georgia Colonel; appoint honorary title for life; authorize the Governor Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick (R-032) https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/65949
S.R.435 Acuña Jr., Ronald; recognize Sen. Gloria Butler (D-055) https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/65954

What’s Next

The House will reconvene for Legislative Day 3 on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 11:00 a.m. The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m.

See our coverage of Day 1 here.

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