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It is hard to believe that we have already made it through one fourth of this year’s legislative session! Thursday marked the completion of legislative day ten.   Last week, we focused on measures recommended by our various House study committees. We also worked with the Senate to pass an adjournment resolution, which maps out our remaining thirty days on Capitol Hill. Our final and fortieth day is set to take place, March 29th. As we continue to move forward, there is no shortage of committee meeting work, issue debate and Capitol day events.

Transportation Update

Week three of the 2018 session brought forth the first of many expected transportation bills. Georgia is known worldwide for the Atlanta airport and port systems, with this distinction, we must focus largely on ensuring we have the infrastructure in place to adequately support the vital transportation role we play. Connected and efficient is the name of the game as we further develop our transportation systems.  

Just last week we broke ground on the largest highway road project in Paulding County history.  On January 24th, the Hwy 92 expansion project continued in the right direction with a groundbreaking ceremony as leaders from Paulding and Douglas joined together with Congressman Tom Graves (District 14) at the intersection of Brownsville Road and Sweetwater Church Road along Hwy 92.  Read the full article from the Wes Georgia Neighbor 
Read the full article from the Douglasville Patch


As we work at the state level on transportation issues, I am also working to keep an eye on local transportation issues affecting West Georgia, specifically Douglas & Paulding Counties.  This past week I attended a town hall meeting in Douglas County where citizens turned out in record numbers to voice their concerns on the proposed bus system proposal in Douglasville.  If you were unable to attend the town hall meeting, I have included a link to the video presentation of the meeting.  My concern, as it has been with all transportation proposal and legislative measures at the state level, is the financial impact to the citizens I represent.   

Link to my comments at the Douglas County citizens meeting on the issue of buses in Douglasville.


Link to the Douglasville Patch Story on town hall meeting response from Rep. Micah Gravley and Rep. J. Collins live from the State Capitol. 

House Resolution 848

House Resolution 848, which was passed last year, established the House Commission on Transit Governance and Funding. The commission held hearings across the state searching for solutions to current issues we face in regard to infrastructure and transportation. Improving our systems is a must as it will bring further economic development and growth to all areas of our state, including rural areas. Speaking of rural areas....we expect to see a great deal of legislation working towards the revitalization of our state's less populated areas.  I will be looking at this legislation closely and reporting back to you as it moves through the committee process. 

Rural Revitalization

We are extremely fortunate to live in a region of the state that encompasses the best of both worlds where "city" and "country" living coexist. Although our community has grown and continues to thrive, there are many rural areas in our state that do not share this progress. In fact, most are still struggling to recover from the recent recession.  To determine the issues facing our rural communities across Georgia, the House Rural Development Council was created.

House Resolution 389
In 2017, we adopted House Resolution 389. HR 389 established the House Rural Development Council (RDC). This committee was tasked with visiting various rural communities to meet with local leaders, and study issues specific to less populated areas. During these meetings, policy areas, such as education, infrastructure, access to health care and economic growth incentives dominated the conversation. The RDC released reports in December of 2017 outlining several policy recommendations they believe will bring relief to those areas struggling with job growth and economic development. 
 
House Bill 735
The first bill introduced upon recommendation of the RDC, came in the form of House Bill 735. HB 735 would create a tax credit for short line railroad track maintenance.  This measure is meant to incentivize investment in bettering rail infrastructure in rural areas. This bill will now make its way through the committee process and I will let you know through further updates if the House considers this legislation with a full floor vote.

National Guard Day

Last week we had the pleasure of celebrating National Guard Day! Many members of the Georgia National Guard joined us on Capitol Hill as they were presented with House Resolution 902. The Georgia Department of Defense provides military-ready forces to the president and disaster response forces to the governor. Since 9/11, over 18,000 Georgia National Guard members have been deployed. Did you know the department of defense employs:

 
  • Over 10,891 Army National Guard Soldiers

  • 2,746 Air National Guard Airmen 

  • 583 State Defense Force members and over 600 state employees

 

Thank you to these brave men and women serving to protect us and our founding principles!

Respectfully,
Micah Gravley
Representative of Georgia's 67th House District
Copyright © 2018 Micah Gravley for House District 67, All rights reserved.


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