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It is an honor to serve as your State Representative in the Georgia General Assembly.

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Rep. Parsons appointed to the Joint Study Committee on the Property Tax Digest Impact on Education Funding


Information on the Georgia's Motor Vehicle Title Fee (Courtesy of Senate Pro-Tem David Shafer)


Governor Deal Signs HB 348

A letter on Education Funding in Georgia

Important Education Funding Information

 Governor Deal Signs HB 176

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Rep. Parsons serves as the Chairman of the House Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee

Rep. Parsons appointed to the General Assembly Fiscal Affairs Committee

Speaker Ralston appoints Rep. Parsons to two important NCSL standing committeess

House Speaker appoints Rep. Parsons to two key SLC standing committees










The Georgia House of Reprrsentatives will reconvene at 10 AM on Tuesday, March 31. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me when I can be of assistance. You can contact me at repdon@donparsons.org or 404-656-9198.

11 Alive News recently broadcast a segment on House Bill 557, legislation proposed for the purpose of providing more funding for 911 centers. Unfortunately, the segment missed the point regarding the purpose of the bill and presented a misleading statement regarding how bills become law.

The idea behind legislation may come from a constituent, the students in a public school class, a state agency or lobbyists among others. If a legislator agrees to propose and sponsor the legislation, he/she will then take the general draft of the proposed legislation to the Legislative Counsel of the General Assembly where a lawyer will be assigned to write the legislation per the format guidelines of the General Assembly.

Once dropped into the hopper of the legislator's respective chamber, the legislation is read for the first time by the Clerk of that legislative body. It is read for a second time the next legislative day, after which action can be taken in the committee to which the legislation is assigned. It is not automatic that the legislation will be heard and/or acted upon in committee. The bill sponsor must request a hearing, after which the legislation might be heard in a sub-committee, in which it will be vetted and possibly amended. If the subcommittee approves the legislation with a do-pass recommendation to the full committee, it will be vetted again and possibly amended further. If the bill is approved by the full committee, the sponsor must then ask the Rules Committee to place it on the calendar to be considered by the full body of the respective chamber. It is not easy to get a bill through the Rules Committee. If then, the bill is approved by the Rules Committee, the legislator may take the legislation to the floor for consideration by the entire body.

If then, the legislation is approved by that body, it may be taken to the other chamber where the same vetting process begins again. If approved by both chambers, the legislation will be reviewed carefully by the Governor, another vetting process and may or may not be approved by the Governor to become law.

 

 

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“Our way of living together in America  is a strong but delicate fabric. It is made up of many threads. It has to be woven over many centuries by the patience and sacrifice of countless liberty-loving men and women."
 
Wendell  Lewis Willkie


In 1940 Wendell Willkie won the Republican Presidential Nomination. To this day, it is arguably the most dramatic victory in American history. At the 1940 Republican National Convention Willkie won a historic victory after six ballot vote, having started with 3% of delegation votes to the eventual majority.

Only one year before this nomination Wendell was a Democrat, but after the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority he left the party, on the grounds that government should not be involved because of the unfair advantage government had over private business. Willkie strongly criticized specific New Deal programs he felt were expensive and ineffective.

While Willkie didn’t win the election against Roosevelt he continued to be an influential public figure. In an era of isolationism, Willkie fought to change the opinions and convince the public to support the Allies in WWII. While he spent the rest of his political career as a Republican his bipartisan work ethic garnered respect on both sides of the aisle. He traveled extensively as a US Ambassador the request of President Roosevelt, later publishing One World, a book explaining the importance of internationalism.  He was also an outspoken advocate for civil rights.

Willkie was a unique politician who did not fit any mold. He was willing to challenge or advocate any issue, regardless of whether or not it fell in line with his party. Although his untimely death was a loss for the United States, his honesty, integrity and love of country will remain.

 


Mr. Republican  

The only method by which people can be supported is out of the effort of those who are earning their own way. We must not create a deterrent to hard work.”~ Robert A. Taft

 Robert Taft, the son of the 27th US President William Howard Taft, came from a family of distinguished politicians. In his 14 year career as a senator of Ohio, Taft consistently spoke out against the centralization of the federal government and the increasing involvement in world affairs. The passage of his Taft-Hartley Labor Act enacted legislation that balanced the relationship between labor Unions and management. In the era of Truman and Roosevelt, Robert Taft was a singular conservative voice that urged for more self-sufficient measures to tackle the nation problems.  For Taft it was the principles of individual opportunity, initiative, and freedom these were the founding and guiding principles of the United States.
Robert Taft principles came from a foundation of prestigious political lineage. His grandfather, Alphonso Taft, the Attorney General and Secretary of War under Ulysses S. Grant, while his father, William Howard Taft, was the 27th President of the United States and the tenth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. William Taft is still the only person to have served in both of those offices. Robert was an exceptional student, attending both Yale College and Harvard Law School. He was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and in 1913 scored the highest on the Ohio State Bar Exam. Robert spent two years in Washington working for the Food and Drug Administration but later returned to Cincinnati to open his own firm. It wasn’t until 1920 that his began public service after being elected to the Ohio House of Representatives.

 


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Georgia's Response to Inclement Weather

House Passes Marijuana Bill

FCC passes Net Neutrality Bill

Solar Panel Update

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Transportation Question FAQ






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