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Sen. Blake Tillery addresses SGSC graduates at Douglas campus

South Georgia State College celebrated its graduates during SGSC’s annual commencement ceremony May 12 on the Douglas Campus. Family members and friends gathered in front of Peterson Hall to cheer on a portion of the 343 graduates from summer and fall 2021 and spring 2022. Georgia State Senator Blake...
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Notes From Senator Blake Tillery

This week, just after the stroke of midnight on April 5th, the Georgia General Assembly ended its 2022 Legislative Session. Here are some highlights of several of the items you’ve asked about that have made their way through to final passage. What Passed:. HB 911 - FY 2023 General...
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Notes From Senator Blake Tillery

The anticipation continues to grow as the final day of the Legislative Session, Sine Die, is just around the corner. With only one week of legislative days remaining, the Georgia General Assembly is operating at full speed ahead in preparation for the final day. With Crossover Day behind us, there are only a few more days for bills to be reported out of their respective committee to be eligible for consideration on the Senate Rules Calendar and, with the majority of these bills being House Bills, the Senate has been hard at work to square away legislation from the other side of the hall. Here is a brief recap of this week’s major developments:
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Notes From Senator Blake Tillery

This week marked the most eventful week to date under the Gold Dome. With Tuesday being reserved for Crossover Day, the Senate convened from dusk until dawn hearing and passing 45 bills and resolutions. As I have previously mentioned, Crossover Day is the final day for bills and resolutions to be passed onto the House for consideration and vice versa. As you can imagine, the Capitol was bustling with lawmakers, lobbyists and many others. I am pleased to see this continuation of activity under the Gold Dome as with each passing day, things are returning closer to normal. I expect day 40 of the legislative session, Sine Die, to be even busier and hectic as the work load of bills and resolutions will be nearly doubled. Here is a brief recap of this week’s legislative activity:
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Notes From Senator Blake Tillery

It was another busy week in the State Senate as we moved full speed toward “Crossover Day.” Crossover Day marks the last day that bills are able to be passed over to the House for consideration and falls on March 15th this year. We are hard at work to get legislation across the hall and on its way to Governor Kemp’s desk. Also exciting - the Capitol has returned to “normal” with student groups, advocacy organizations filling the building and rope line outside of the Chamber as we hopefully bid farewell to Covid-19 for good. I am happy to see more and more citizens visiting again and filling the halls. In terms of legislation, we continued strides towards cracking down on online censorship, prohibiting Georgia’s agencies from contracting with the Government of Russia and prohibiting the teachings of divisive concepts in public schools. Perhaps the biggest development came from Governor Kemp’s office as he announced on Wednesday the General Assmebly’s plan to temporarily halt the state gas tax, which will provide a much needed relief to Georgians across the state.
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Notes From Senator Blake Tillery

This week officially marked the halfway point of the 2022 Legislative Session. Over the past 20 legislative days, the Senate has made major progress on 2nd amendment protections, pushing back on federal government mandates, combating gang activity, and protecting parents’ rights in the classroom. With Tuesday and Thursday being our only two legislative days this week, every other day was filled with many bills moving through committee. On the floor and this week, the Senate made some major developments that extended protections to our student athletes and gave parents of young schoolchildren more oversight of the education they are receiving.
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Notes From Senator Blake Tillery

As week four came to a close at the Capitol, week five’s agenda included a number of influential bills being heard on the floor along with Wednesday being reserved as a committee work day. Here’s a quick recap of some of the lesser reported items of the week:
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Notes From Senator Blake Tillery

As we finished week four under the Gold Dome, the committee work of the legislature is operating at full steam. A few bills finally made it to the Senate Floor as well. Senate Bill 330: “Giving the Gift of Life Act”: SB 330 made its way to the Senate floor. This bill has the ability to substantially impact citizens across the state in a very beneficial way. As of right now, if an individual wishes to donate an organ, such as a kidney or liver, they are put at risk of losing insurance coverage as well as income if they have to miss work due to recovery. SB 330 protects these donors from losing or being denied life insurance coverage. It also provides a tax credit for businesses to cover cost of losing an employee due to organ donation. This bill will hopefully lead to more individuals taking the step to serve as an organ donor without the fear of losing their insurance policy along with feeling more employer support when making the decision to donate an organ to someone in need.
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Notes From Senator Blake Tillery

The pace of the legislature is picking up. This week, I filed two bills on smaller issues but issues I’ve heard from several of you on - the first slamming telemarketing and the second creating a cause of action against fraudulent practices affecting Georgia businesses. I also co-sponsored several other pieces of legislation to protect the 1st Amendment from “big tech” censorship, expand the 2nd amendment, support public safety, and prepare workers for the workplace. Here’s a little about each below.
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Notes From Senator Blake Tillery

The Georgia General Assembly has convened for the 2022 Session. It seems to come faster each year. Please know, though this is now my sixth year, I am still so honored at the faith and trust you placed in me by allowing me to represent you in Atlanta. It is humbling and I have and will not forget my job is to serve you and be a good steward of your resources. Thank you, as always, for the opportunity and I look forward to keeping you updated throughout the year.
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Notes From Senator Blake Tillery

Every 10 years, the state legislatures in our country are required to gather to redraw state legislative districts and equal out the populations in each. The requirement is based on the Equal Protect Clause of the 14th amendment to the United States Constitution and the principle of “one person, one vote.” The concept itself its very simple - people move and population areas shift. If the district lines always stayed the same, some areas may have a higher proportion of representatives while others have less.
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