Last week was busy with committee meetings, votes in the Senate, and several guests visiting our chamber!

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Tuesday was Georgia Blue Key Day at the Capitol. My colleagues and I welcomed the University of Georgia chapter of the Blue Key National Honor Society. This wonderful group represents students in higher education who have achieved success in life by keeping the right balance between academics, employment, family life, and public service.

We also honored our firefighters – the brave men and women who run in to danger when everyone else is running away. It was wonderful to have Georgia firefighters join us in the Chamber and to recognize their sacrifice and bravery.

We also recognized Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Georgia 4-H, Georgia YMCA Youth Assembly, and White County, as well as numerous sports teams for their achievements and contributions to our great state.

We were also honored with a visit from our friends in Congress, Congressman Buddy Carter (GA – 1) and Congressman Rick Allen (GA – 12), who visited the Senate to thank the chamber for our efforts to make Georgia the “best state in which to do business” for the sixth year in a row.

We also voted on this term’s first piece of legislation. Senate Bill 25 clarifies when the driver of a vehicle needs to stop, or not stop, upon encountering a stopped school bus.

Lastly, we were able to work with our friends in the House to set the calendar through Sine Die. The date for Crossover has been set for March 7, 2019, and Sine Die will be on April 2, 2019.