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Waites: Applauding legislation to study distracted driving

In 2015 alone, 1,427 Georgians died in automobile accidents. Even more disturbing is the fact that traffic fatalities have increased in our state over the past nine years. These are shocking statistics, but we can preserve the lives of thousands of Georgians by studying the challenges associated with distract driving and crafting comprehensive legislation to keep our roads safe.


Belton: Visiting Dobbins Air Reserve Base

The House Military Affairs Study Committee, the committee I chair, visited Dobbins Air Reserve Base (ARB) last week in continuation of our mission to visit Georgia’s nine military installations. Congressman Barry Loudermilk attended the committee meeting in support of our efforts to protect Georgia’s bases.


Tim Lee: My Position on Future Spending Policy

Last month, I proposed and the Board of Commissioners adopted, the final budget under my leadership as Chairman of Cobb County. Out of respect for the incoming administration, the budget I put forth is a continuation budget. In other words, it maintains tax rates, spending and service levels from the prior year (2016).


Penny Houston: A Bold Change for Failing Schools

On November 8, voters in Georgia will be asked a question that has the potential to change K-12 education in our state for an entire generation of children. Question 1 on the ballot will read, “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow the state to intervene in chronically failing public schools in order to improve student achievement?”


Belton: Visiting the Cyber-Hub of the South and the Nation

Our common defense is the government’s greatest obligation. That is why Speaker of the House David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) appointed me as the chairman of the new House Military Affairs Study Committee, a committee that looks at ways we can improve the military value of Georgia’s bases. The committee’s fourth meeting was held at Fort Gordon in Augusta, and Congressmen Jody Hice and Rick Allen joined us in support of our efforts to protect Georgia’s bases.


How Should We Use Casino Gaming Funds?

If you were given control of one billion dollars per year in state funding, how would you spend it? Casino revenues are projected to net one billion dollars per year, and legislation for casino gaming is currently before your General Assembly. However, the debate as to where the funds should go is still on-going.


Tim Lee: Greenspace proposal

Cobb County, combined with city, school, state and federal entities is fortunate to be home to an abundance of parks, covering more than 16,000 acres of land in our great community.



Blackburn: 2015: A Year in Review

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and your 2016 is off to a great start! The year upon us promises to be an exciting one and I’m looking forward to leading the fight for reduced government spending, protecting our most vulnerable, and ensuring American families are safe.