The General Assembly convened this week for Legislative Days 9-12. On Thursday, lawmakers passed the Amended Fiscal Year 2023 Budget that includes a one-time property tax exemption that would save Georgia homeowners an average of $500.
Other notable AFY23 budget items:
- $60,000 safety grant per K-12 school
- One-time $250-$300 bonus for retired state government employees
At this month’s Public Policy Advisory Committee meeting, committee members heard from Representatives Dewey McClain and Gregg Kennard. McClain shared that his top legislative priorities are transportation, education, and public safety. McClain is the 2023-2024 Chair of the Gwinnett State House Delegation. Rep. Kennard talked about HB 171, which was introduced in the House Wednesday, would restrict access to arrest only records for nonviolent offenses until the individual has been convicted.
State Representative Soo Hong introduced HB 128 that seeks to increase the representation of businesses owned by minorities, women, and veterans in the procurement of state contracts for construction, services, equipment, and goods.
Legislators will resume business on Monday for Legislative Day 13.
To learn more about the Chamber’s public policy initiatives, visit https://gwinnettchamber.org/publicpolicy/