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Notes From Senator Blake Tillery

We gaveled out for the last time on Wednesday and the Senate has now completed the 2021 legislative session. In just this week alone – probably our busiest days of the session – we finalized just under 100 pieces of legislation but overall that cover a range of topics that are important to you. Some of the biggest ones have been the 2022 Fiscal Year budget (FY22) and elections reform, but there have been several others that resulted from concerns you’ve brought forward. I want to thank you for the opportunity to represent you here in Atlanta and I believe we’ve had many successes that should help our District grow.
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Notes From Senator Blake Tillery

The Senate has switched gears this week, tackling House bills and ramping up committee meetings in order to finish legislation by March 31st. We’re down to only five legislative days and while we’ve accomplished a lot up to this point, there’s still work left to be done. The Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) budget has consumed most of my time and the Senate is nearing its final proposal, which I’ll be able to provide an overview of shortly. Many of your concerns are also still on the table, including elections reform. We’ve been doing our due diligence to try and pass legislation that addresses that, and other critical issues, in the best possible way.
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Notes From Senator Blake Tillery

The Senate had a busy start to the week and with Crossover Day behind us, were continuing to work hard and fast to pass legislation that betters this great state. In a productive four days, the Senate passed over 40 bills and resolutions, and held a variety of meetings. Many of those were budget related and gave us a chance to listen to updated proposals from our state’s agencies. We had a number of legislative successes recently and with House Bill 81 now in the Senate’s hands (the 2022 Fiscal Year or FY22 budget), we’re getting closer to the finish line. Here’s a recap of what we did:
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Notes From Senator Blake Tillery

This week was an odd one for me at the legislature. I told you last week of my abnormal COVID-19 test. Due to that test, I was not allowed to come to the Senate for committee meetings or votes this week. Fortunately, any symptom I had was mild, a huge blessing since I live with and take daily medication for asthma. Technology allowed me to keep up with the Senate’s actions and stay engaged under the Gold Dome. I followed the live stream of session votes and committee meetings and participated in over 60 video or conference call meetings with colleagues, constituents, or others with state budget concerns. While technology kept me engaged, I’m ready to be back in person.
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Notes From Senator Blake Tillery

We’ve almost reached the halfway point of the 2021 legislative session. Day 20 of the 40-day session will be next week. With the Amended Fiscal Year budget now signed by the Governor, much of my focus will redirect to the General Fiscal Year 2022 budget and continuing to find ways to be the best stewards of your hard-earned tax dollars. The budget is not the only issue we tackle, as you know. We’ve also been working on a number of legislative issues that try to address the concerns you’ve voiced from healthcare to election reform and several others in between. Here’s a summary of some of the bills that passed the Senate this week that I believe you’d take interest in:
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Notes From Senator Blake Tillery

Our work in Atlanta has reached a rhythm now. Daily votes in the Senate Chamber are becoming a common occurrence and committees are meeting more often, and longer, to discuss legislation. Since passing our first bill last week, we’ve been able to vote out several more that we believe will better the lives of Georgians. This includes the Amended Fiscal Year 2021 (AFY21) budget. Even more bills have been introduced too; a result of us talking with you to find the best ways we can address new and old problems. While some of this information may sound familiar now, here’s an overview of the areas that affect you the most.
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Notes From Senator Blake Tillery

Last week consumed days one through four of the 40 day legislative session. This week, the legislature “recessed” to focus solely on the state budget. Most department and agency heads appeared before the joint House and Senate Appropriations Committees to speak for the dollars they currently receive and to make other strategic and specific requests.
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Notes From Senator Blake Tillery

Week one of the 2021 General Assembly is underway. One of the first things I noticed was all the new faces. Out of 56 state senators, 11 are starting their first term. This represents an almost 20% turnover from last session. The three pressing topics are clear: (1) the state budget, (2) COVID-19 and (3) election integrity.