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Legislative Update: Jan 18-22, 2021 - Joint Budget Hearing Week

Joint Budget Hearing Week
During last week’s recess week, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees held joint hearings.  The hearings began with Governor Brian Kemp on Tuesday, January 19th and concluded on Thursday, January 21st.  Each Statewide Officer, Supreme Court, and State Agencies presented their proposed budgets. The State Economist also presented an interesting presentation on the state of the economy.  You can view the budget presentations here. A link to the proposed amended FY 2021 and FY 2022 budgets can be viewed here.

The House and Senate reconvene on Tuesday, January 26th at 10 a.m. for legislative day 5.  It is unknown as to how the session schedule will unfold, as it is only set through Tuesday at this point.  There is the possibility of some breaks in the schedule due to Covid-19.


The House released Committee assignments on Wednesday.  You can review the full House Committee list here.  Below is a summary of the House and Senate Committee meetings scheduled for the week.  You can watch the House meetings by clicking here and the Senate meetings here.

Senate Rules upon adjournment of the Senate
House Motor Vehicles at 7:30 am
House Appropriations Subcommittee at 7:30
Senate Higher Education at 1 pm
House Judiciary at 1:30 pm
House Reg Industries at 1:30 pm
House Energy, Utilities, & Telecom at 3 pm
Senate Transportation at 4:45 pm

House Insurance at 8 am
Senate Rules upon adjournment of the Senate
Senate Natural Res & Environment at 1 pm
Senate Retirement at 2:15 pm
Senate Education & Youth at 2:15 pm
House Higher Ed at 3 pm
Senate Finance at 3:30 pm
Senate Judiciary at 4:45 pm

Senate Vets, Military, & Homeland at 8 am
Senate Rules upon adjournment of the Senate
Senate Public Safety at 1 pm
Senate Ag & Consumer Affairs at 2:15 pm
Senate Transportation at 2:15 pm
House Ways & Means at 3 pm
Senate Reg Industries & Utilities at 3:30 pm
Senate Government Oversight at 4:45 pm
This weekly Legislative Update report is courtesy of the Regional Business Coalition of Metropolitan Atlanta (RBC), an organization of over a dozen of the largest and most active Chambers of Commerce throughout the metro Atlanta region. RBC member chambers represent over 15,000 member companies who employ millions of metro Atlanta residents. The RBC’s primary goal is to represent the interests of RBC Chamber members on regional public policy issues impacting our transportation, water and air quality and to advocate for solutions that improve metro Atlanta’s quality of life and economic vitality.