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Updated Friday, February 24, 2017

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Please see the "Final Report of the Joint House And Senate Study Committee On High Speed Broadband Access For All Georgians (also referred to as the Rural Broadband Study Committee) " here.

Today, Friday, February 24th is Legislative Day 24 of the 40 day session. The House will adjourn upon close of the session today until Monday, February 27th at 10AM

Governor Nathan Deal's State of the State Address can be read here.

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Speaking on Energy - Morning Order - March 15, 2016

Presenting Amendment to Senate Substitute to HB 1036 - Palmetto Pipeline Bill

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

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A letter on Education Funding in Georgia

Important Education Funding Information

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




The Rural Broadband Study Committee

It has been an honor to serve as a Co-Chair of the Joint House-Senate Rural Broadband Study Committee (the Joint High-Speed Broadband Communications Access for all Georgians Study Committee) along with Senator Steve Gooch of Dahlonega.

Broadband deployment to all areas of Georgia is of critical importance. This study committee, comprised of of five members of the House and five members of the Senate, are conducting a series of six meetings to find ways to bring broadband service to unserved and underserved areas of the state.

The five House members of the committee are:

Rep. Don Parsons, Co-Chair - Marietta

Rep. Robert Dickey - Musella

Rep. Susan Holmes - Monticello

Rep. Kevin Tanner - Dawsonville

Rep. Bill Werkheiser - Glennville

The four Senate members of the committee, in addition to Senator Gooch, are:

Sen. Steve Gooch, Co-Chair - Dahlonega

Sen. Rick Jeffares - McDonough

Sen. Tyler Harper - Ocilla

Sen. John Wilkinson - Toccoa

Sen. David Lucas - Macon


Videos of the Meetings on Rural Broadband Can be Found Here


More Information on Rural Broadband

Federal Communications Commission Republican Ajit Pai on Tuesday (September 13) announced that he will make a push to use privatesector incentives to improve connectivity in rural and low-income America. His overtly market-oriented approach argues that to service providers have to be sufficiently motivated to make high-speed internet happen. See Announcement

Measuring Broadband America
Fixed Broadband Report

A Report on Consumer Fixed Broadband Performance
in the United States

From the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau

See Report





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.


I am very Honored to be named to the National Conference of State Legislators Task Force on Cybersecurity

In establishing this task force, the NCSL Executive Committee Task Force on Cybersecurity recognizes how sensitive information is increasingly stored online, allowing easy and convenient access to anything from bank accounts and medical records, to water and energy systems, and even law enforcement files. Crime has also moved online, presenting significant human and economic cost of data breach and cyber-attack incidents and highlighting the essential need to strengthen the security and resilience of state networks and cyber policies. States can benefit from continually investing in the protection of state networks from cyber-attacks and securing the homeland with strong cyber policies. But in order to do so, states must have reliable, clear, and concise information on cyber threat prevention including best practices and remediation plans.This task force can help consolidate and synthesize existing resources and create best practices to support policy makers’ ability to understand and implement cybersecurity measures that work best for their state. By participating in ongoing projects, NCSL task force members will develop best practices and guidelines for other states to implement easily replicable cybersecurity initiatives. We will also engage with strategic federal and private sector partners to expand our networks and facilitate dialogues with various stakeholders. Through this task force, legislators can tackle these issues in a thoughtful and meaningful forum.



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