Legislative Update: 3/3/14 to 3/7/14

Legislative Update

State Rep. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula)

March 3, 2014 to March 7, 2014 (Legislative Days 30 through 34)

 

“Crossover Day”

Monday was the 30th day of the 2014 legislative session.  Known as “Crossover Day,” this critical point in the session is the last chance for bills to pass the legislative chamber from which they originated.  After Crossover Day, all legislation passed by the House must “cross over” to the Senate, and vice versa.  Any bill that has not been passed by either the House or Senate by the end of this day will have little chance of becoming law this year.  As such, the House of Representatives remained in session late into the evening on Monday. 

 

State Capitol Monuments

On “Crossover Day”, the House of Representatives voted on legislation that would create new monuments at the State Capitol.  House Bill 702 would place a monument of the 10 Commandments, U.S. Constitution, and Georgia Constitution at the State Capitol to celebrate the ideals and values that these documents represent.  Similarly, House Bill 1080 would place a monument of Martin Luther King Jr. at the State Capitol in honor of his significant role in the history of Georgia and America. Many Georgians come to the State Capitol to tour and learn about the history of our state, and these two monuments will be great additions to our Capitol grounds.

 

FY 2015 Budget

This week, the Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2015 budget.  The full fiscal year budget uses a projected state revenue estimate to guide state spending for the following fiscal year. The Senate passed a slightly different version of House Bill 744 than we previously passed in the House, and it will now move to a House and Senate Conference Committee to work out a final budget for consideration by both the House and Senate. 

 

HB 770- Home Invasion Bill

On Wednesday, I testified before the Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee concerning my bill to make Home Invasion a felony.  After explaining the bill and answering questions, HB 770 was favorably reported out of the committee.  HB 770 is expected to be considered by the full Senate on Monday. 

 

Constituent Assistance

I have already found that a great deal of my time is spent assisting constituents with casework projects.  I greatly enjoy assisting constituents when they have an issue with a state agency.  Please contact me any time if I might assist you. 

 

It is a true honor to represent the citizens of House District 104 in the State House of Representatives.  If I may ever assist you with an issue, or if you have input for proposed legislation, please contact me by email at chuckefstration@gmail.com.