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Rep. Martin Recognized as Outstanding Legislator by Georgia Council of Aging

2011-09-16

Rep. Chuck Martin Recognized as Outstanding State Legislator for 2011 by the Georgia Council on Aging

ATLANTA – State Representative Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta) recently received the Outstanding State Legislator for 2011 Award from the Georgia Council on Aging (GCOA). The Council chose Rep. Martin for this award in recognition of his work to secure the passage of Senate Bill 178, which established the “assisted living community” as a new category of long-term health care provider in Georgia.

“It was my pleasure to work with Georgia seniors and their advocacy groups to pass this important legislation, so I am truly honored to receive this recognition from GCOA,” said Rep. Martin. “I am encouraged by this progress in providing seniors with more residential options. SB 178 is good first step, and I look forward to continuing this work.”

The GCOA’s Outstanding State Legislator Award is given annually to state legislators who act as “aging champions” during the General Assembly’s regular legislative session.

“Since 2009, Rep. Martin made it a priority to create more residential options for Georgia seniors and worked diligently for the recognition of assisted living communities,” said Ann Williams, GCOA Legislative Chair. “For years, aging advocates have called for more residential options and Rep. Martin responded with dedicated support of the Assisted Living bill, which finally passed this year as SB 178. Thanks to Rep. Martin, Georgians now have a new level of care in our aging continuum.”

Assisted living communities provide an intermediate level of service between that of personal care and nursing homes. These communities can have medication aides on staff, which are prohibited in personal care homes. A resident who needs help moving in an emergency situation would also be allowed to remain in an assisted living community, as long as there is enough staff to see that the resident remains safe. By recognizing this new category of long-term care, SB 178 allows Georgia seniors to age in place and fills a growing need for this type of facility throughout the state.

Rep. Martin has been recognized by many organizations, including the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) for their first ever “Statesman Award.” Georgia ALFA also named Rep. Martin their “2010 Legislator of the Year” for his advocacy for senior rights in Georgia. Additionally, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) recently recognized Rep. Martin for his leadership in passing SB 178.

For more information on SB 178, please click here.

Representative Chuck Martin represents the citizens of District 47, which includes portion of Fulton County. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 2002, and is currently the Chairman of Budget & Fiscal Affairs Oversight Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations, Energy, Utilities, & Telecommunications, Regulated Industries, Science & Technology, and Ways & Means committees.

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Rep. Chuck Martin Elected SLC Energy and Environment Committee Chair

2011-09-09

PRESS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: J.D. Easley

Friday, September 9, 2011

(404) 656-0311

 

john.easley@house.ga.gov

 

Rep. Chuck Martin Elected

SLC Energy and Environment Committee Chair  

 

ATLANTA – State Representative Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta) has been reelected as chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference’s (SLC) Energy and Environment Committee. 

“I am honored to have been elected to serve a second year as chair of this committee,” said Rep. Martin. “I believe a well thought out and balanced energy policy is essential to America's future; a predictable energy supply will spur our nation's economy and provide a basis for American businesses to create jobs in our region and throughout the United States as a whole.”

Rep. Martin won his reelection for this regional leadership position during SLC’s 65th Annual Meeting, which was held in MemphisTennessee earlier this summer.  As part of its mission to foster and encourage cooperation among its 15 member states, this meeting brought together over 1,000 delegates, legislative staff, and guests from across the South. 

In addition to reelecting Rep. Martin as its chair, the SLC Energy and Environment Committee also met for a program session, which featured a panel discussion on Nuclear Energy in a Post-Fukushima World.  The session examined the progress of safety assessments of the 104 nuclear reactors operating in the United States, as well as the general status of nuclear energy production in the South.  It also featured a presentation from Dr. Marco J. Castaldi, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University, addressing recent innovations in the field of Alternative Energy from Waste Plastics.

Rep. Martin’s committee also met for its business session, which featured a presentation on renewable energy entitled, Innovations in Production, Storage and Transportation by Representative Warren Chisum of Texas, and Jimmy Glotfelty, Executive Vice President of External Affairs at Clean Line Energy Partners.  The presentations focused on progress being made in renewable energy production and delivery, as well as the role the renewable energy sector is playing in economic development. 

The Energy and Environment Committee is one of six SLC standing committees.  According to SLC, the committee focuses on developing energy & environmental policies that ensure sound stewardship of the southern states’ resources and the economy of the region as a whole. This includes policies aimed at sustaining economic development, meeting growing energy needs, and maintaining the South’s high quality of life. Recent committee initiatives include a study of clean water programs and water permitting; alternative energy; the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); state compliance with federal clean air and water standards; the future for nuclear power; the role of merchant power plants; the ramifications of deregulation on Southern states; growth and sprawl; and a survey of recent legislative and state public utility activity.

SLC is a regional legislative group made up of 15-member states operated under the Council of State Governments.  By working together within the SLC and participating on its committees, Southern state legislative leaders are able to speak in a distinctive, unified voice to address the issues that affect their states and the greater region. 

For more information about SLC and its Energy and Environment Committee, please click here.

 

Representative Chuck Martin represents the citizens of District 47, which includes portion of Fulton County. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 2002, and is currently the Chairman of Budget & Fiscal Affairs Oversight Committee.  He also serves on the Appropriations, Energy, Utilities, & Telecommunications, Regulated Industries, Science & Technology, and Ways & Means committees.

 

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Georgia House Rejects Tax Refund Interest Bill

2011-03-16

Associated Press - March 16, 2011 4:54 PM ET

ATLANTA (AP) - The House has rejected a bill aimed at halting businesses from overpaying sales tax then collecting hefty interest payments from the state.

Lawmakers voted the bill down 82-92 on Wednesday, voted to reconsider it and then quickly rejected it again 83-89.

State Rep. David Knight said some companies know the state pays 12% interest a year and intentionally overpay. They seek a refund after several years have passed. The Republican from Griffin said the state has paid out $16 million interest on such claims over the past three years.

His bill would have required that interest on overpayments couldn't go into effect until businesses apply for the refund.

But Alpharetta Republican Rep. Chuck Martin argued businesses could be penalized for honest mistakes.

House Bill 389: http://www.legis.ga.gov

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

To see the full article, please click here.



Session's Crossover Day Fast Approaching

2011-03-14

GPB News
By Edgar Treiguts

ATLANTA   ?   
Lawmakers flood the state Capitol's halls for Day-29 of the General Assembly session Monday. (GPB file photo)
Lawmakers will be especially busy during Monday's scheduled Day-29 of the 40 day General Assembly calendar, as Crossover Day approaches. Wednesday is the last day a piece of legislation has to pass at least one chamber in order to have a chance to become law by the legislative session's end. 

On Monday's calendar, a vote on an immigration bill sponsored by state Sen. Jack Murphy could come. This piece of legislation would require many employers to check the immigration status of new hires, and also authorize police to verify the immigration status of criminal suspects. Murphy;s bill has some similarities with one that passed the House earlier this month.

Also to be considered by House members--a bill that would give seniors more choice on where to live once they need assistance. The legislation would help some seniors live more independently rather than going to nursing homes.

To read more, please click here.



Senior Issues Newsletter

2011-03-04

The Senior Issues Newsletter, published by the Georgia Council on Aging, the Senior Citizens Advocacy Project, and the Georgia Gerontology Society, featured a paragraph on an Assisted Living bill I introduced this session, HB 405.  To read more, please click here



House committee slaps a steep price on zero-based budgeting

2011-02-10

9:34 am February 10, 2011, By Jim Galloway 

Whether you?re in the state Capitol or a flea market, it is best not to show interest in a particular item ? unless you want the other fellow to jack up the price.

Last month, the Senate voted unanimously to override Gov. Sonny Perdue?s 2010 veto of a bill to require zero-based budgeting ? and dared the House to match it.

House Speaker David Ralston declined, and buried the override measure in a committee ? saying his chamber already had an updated version of the bill in the works.

To read the full article, please click here.



North Fulton representatives introduce Milton legislation

2011-02-02

By Rachel Kellogg 
rkellogg@neighbornewspapers.com

Last week, the 10 legislators representing north Fulton cities that hope to establish Milton County introduced separate resolutions seeking to re-create previously existing counties in Georgia.

District 50 State Rep. Lynne Riley, R-Johns Creek, said the resolutions introduced into the 2011 legislative session are all worded exactly the same, but she said the separate resolutions make a statement.

?It?s a strong message about how passionate and committed we are to re-creating Milton County,? she said. ?We?re united in our desire to bring about smaller government.?

The other nine representatives who introduced the same bill are District 56 State Sen. John Albers, R-Roswell, District 48 State Sen. David Shafer, R-Johns Creek, District 32 State Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta, District 48 State Rep. Harry Geisinger, R-Roswell, District 47 State Rep. Chuck Martin, R-Alpharetta, District 49 State Rep. Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, District 52 State Rep. Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs, District 51 State Rep. Tom Rice, R-Norcross and House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, R-Milton.

All representatives have signed their names to all applicable Milton County resolutions, creating what Riley calls ?10 voices singing in one chorus.?

With HR 29, HR 30, HR 31, HR 32, HR 33, HR 34, HR 35, SR 16, SR 17 and SR 18 on the table, Riley said it will be up to committees to determine if all or any of the 10 resolutions make it to the floor to be heard.

Riley said she remains optimistic about passing Milton County, saying she has been educating residents and other representatives about the benefits of reducing the size of government.

?Smaller government is always better,? she said.

The full article can be viewed here.



2011 to See Another Legislative Push for Milton County

2011-01-31

(APN) ATLANTA -- With the 2011 legislature in session, there are several reasons to believe that some North Fulton residents, County Commission Members, and state legislators will ramp up their push for the re-creation of Milton County, splitting off the northern part of Fulton County.

State lawmakers introduced legislation last week which could lead to the re-creation of Milton County.

To continue reading this article, please click here.



Milton County in legislative hopper again

2011-01-28

NorthFulton.com
By: Hatcher Hurd

ATLANTA ? Milton County's rebirth is on the table under the Gold Dome with the all-Republican North Fulton legislative delegation marching in lockstep to move it forward.

It is early in the game yet, but the seven state representatives and three state senators who represent all or parts of North Fulton have each dropped a bill (put forward) of similar language that would allow for the recreation of Milton County. Each of the authors also signed on the other Milton bills as well.

To read the full article, please click here.



House Resolution and Senate Resolution to Re-Create Milton County

2011-01-25

House Resolutions 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 and 35 were introduced in the House today and signed by Rep. Harry Geisinger, Rep. Jan Jones, Rep. Chuck Martin, Rep. Tom Rice, Rep. Lynne Riley, Rep. Joe Wilkinson and Rep. Wendell Willard.  Senate Resolutions 16, 17 and 18 were introduced by Sen. John Albers, Sen. Judson Hill and Sen. David Shafer.

1 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Georgia so as to provide that the
2 re-creation of a previously existing county which was merged into another county may be
3 accomplished by law, subject to the approval of the voters therein and subject to certain
4 conditions; to provide for the status and effect of the implementing law; to provide for
5 submission of this amendment for ratification or rejection; and for other purposes.

6 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

7 SECTION 1.

8 Article IX, Section I of the Constitution is amended by revising Paragraph II as follows:
9 "Paragraph II. Number of counties limited; county boundaries and county sites; county
10 consolidation. (a) There shall not be more than 159 counties in this state.
11 (b) The metes and bounds of the several counties and the county sites shall remain as
12 prescribed by law on June 30, 1983, unless changed under the operation of a general law.
13 (c) The General Assembly may provide by law for the consolidation of two or more
14 counties into one or the division of a county and the merger of portions thereof into other
15 counties under such terms and conditions as it may prescribe; but no such consolidation,
16 division, or merger shall become effective unless approved by a majority of the qualified
17 voters voting thereon in each of the counties proposed to be consolidated, divided, or
18 merged.

19 (d)(1) Subparagraphs (a), (b), and (c) of this Paragraph shall not apply with respect to
20 the re-creation of a county which was previously merged with and made a part of another
21 county; and such a re-creation of a previously existing county may be accomplished by
22 law notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraphs (a), (b), and (c) of this Paragraph
23 or any other provision of this Constitution. The boundaries of the re-created county may
24 be the same as those in effect immediately prior to the previous merger or may be
25 generally similar but not identical as determined in the discretion of the General
26 Assembly in the Act re-creating the county. The law re-creating the county shall contain
27 a definite description of boundaries of the county; may provide transitional provisions for

28 the transfer over time of powers, functions, facilities, and assets and obligations to the
29 county; shall have the force and effect of general law notwithstanding its territorial
30 application; and shall not be preempted by any other general law. The law re-creating the
31 county and any amendments thereto:

32 (A) Shall not be subject to the multiple subject matter prohibition of Article III,
33 Section V, Paragraph III to the extent that such law and amendments may make
34 provisions for the re-created county and for associated governmental entities and may
35 also make provisions for any other county whose territorial limits are affected and for
36 governmental entities associated with such other county or counties;

37 (B) Shall not be subject to the population Act prohibition of Article III, Section VI,
38 Paragraph IV(b) to the extent that such law and amendments may provide for the
39 application or nonapplication of previously existing population Acts to:
40 (i) The re-created county and associated governmental entities;
41 (ii) Any other county or counties whose territorial limits are affected and
42 governmental entities associated with such other county or counties; or
43 (iii) Neither or both of the foregoing; and

44 (C) Shall not be subject to the provisions of Article XI, Section I, Paragraph IV to the
45 extent that such law and amendments may provide for the application or nonapplication
46 of previously existing local constitutional amendments to:
47 (i) The re-created county and associated governmental entities;
48 (ii) Any other county or counties whose territorial limits are affected and
49 governmental entities associated with such other county or counties; or
50 (iii) Neither or both of the foregoing.

51 (2) The re-creation shall not become effective unless approved by a majority of the
52 qualified voters voting thereon in the area of the county to be re-created, as defined in the
53 Act re-creating the county.

54 (3) The superior court of a county re-created under this subparagraph (d) shall be
55 included in the same judicial circuit as the county which previously included the greatest
56 part of the territory of the re-created county, unless otherwise provided by law.
57 (4) The territory within the re-created county shall constitute a new county school
58 district and shall be removed from any other local school district in the manner to be
59 provided by law."

SECTION 2.
61 The above proposed amendment to the Constitution shall be published and submitted as
62 provided in Article X, Section I, Paragraph II of the Constitution. The ballot submitting the
63 above proposed amendment shall have written or printed thereon the following:
64 "( ) YES
65
66 ( ) NO

Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow the re-creation of a
historically existing county which was merged into another county if the
voters therein approve it by referendum?"

67 All persons desiring to vote in favor of ratifying the proposed amendment shall vote "Yes."

68 All persons desiring to vote against ratifying the proposed amendment shall vote "No." If

69 such amendment shall be ratified as provided in said Paragraph of the Constitution, it shall
70 become a part of the Constitution of this state.



Open house highlights Ga. 400 projects, tolls

2011-01-07

Residents still bitter over toll extension



January 07, 2011
ALPHARETTA - The North Fulton Chamber of Commerce held one of several meetings by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) to unveil plans for a dozen new projects along the entire length of Ga. 400 over the next few years.


Click here to read more.



Residents Like GA 400 Projects Even if They Hate Tolls

2011-01-06

Residents from Cumming and the rest of the GA 400 corridor asked questions and voiced opinions about proposed projects.

By Bob Pepalis | Email the author | January 6, 2011

A slow but steady stream of residents from Cumming, Alpharetta-Milton and the rest of the GA 400 corridor has kept the State Road & Tollway Authority staff and their consultants busy answering questions about projects proposed for GA 400 and its interchanges.

Some, such as Rep. Chuck Martin, (R-Alpharetta), and incoming Rep. Lynne Riley, (R-Johns Creek), voiced opposition to the tolls that will fund many of the projects. They say the tolls were extended past the time residents were promised. They saw value in the projects, but not how they are being funded.

Please click here to continue reading.



Open House in Alpharetta Wednesday Lets Public Discuss GA 400 Toll Projects

2011-01-03

Alpharetta lawmaker Chuck Martin says the State Road and Tollway Authority board's decision to extend tolls and then decide how the money should be used is ludicrous.



Governor-Elect Speaks Out On GA 400 Tolls

2010-12-21

Nathan Deal Says New Move To Lift Toll Likely Too Late


Governor-elect Nathan Deal said on Tuesday he has favored lifting the toll on Georgia 400, but it may be a moot point since the state has already borrowed $40 million for new projects along the highway.

Click here to read the full article and to see what Rep. Chuck Martin said.




GSU's Alpharetta Academic Facility to Open in Fall 2010

2010-12-03

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GEORGIA LAWMAKER ELECTED COMMITTEE CHAIR AT SLC MEETING

2010-11-16

AUGUST 4, 2010                                                                   

 

 

(Atlanta, Georgia) - Georgia Representative Chuck Martin (Alpharetta) was elected Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee of The Council of State Governments’ Southern office, the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC), at the organization’s 64th Annual Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, this week.  As part of its mission to foster and encourage cooperation among its 15 member states, the SLC brought together nearly 1,700 delegates, legislative staff, and guests from across the South.  The Energy and Environment Committee is one of six SLC standing committees. 

 

On Sunday, August 1, the Committee met for its program session, which featured a panel discussion on Water Management in Southern States, with presentations by Representative Jeffrey Arnold, Louisiana; Jess D. Weaver, Regional Executive at the U.S. Geological Survey; and Katie Kirkpatrick, Vice President of Environmental Affairs at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.  The session examined how state legislators can better address the growing water demands in the region and how effective water management can lead to greater prosperity.  In addition, Czarena L. Crofcheck, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky’s Department of Biosystem and Agricultural Engineering, spoke on the role sustainable biomass feedstocks will play in providing electric power, transportation fuels and chemical production. 

 

On Tuesday, August 3, the Committee met for its business session, which featured a presentation on The Future of Nuclear Energy in Southern States, by Senator Paul Campbell, South Carolina.  The presentation focused on the role nuclear energy will play in renewable portfolio standards, as well as the current costs, safety concerns and storage issues associated with nuclear power.  The session also included a look at the Southern States Energy Board’s 2010 Legislative Digest, presented by Committee Chair Representative Rocky Adkins, Kentucky, along with the SLC state-by-state updates on the most recently concluded legislative sessions.   Also, on Tuesday, the Committee took a pontoon boat tour of Lake Moultrie, including the Pinopolis Lock, the Tailrace Canal and the Santee Cooper Jefferies Hydroelectric Station. 

 

Other meeting highlights included sessions featuring opening plenary presenter Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke, a native of South Carolina, who was introduced by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina.  The closing plenary speaker was Congressman James E. Clyburn, South Carolina.  The other topics featured at the Charleston meeting were Promoting the Creative Economy; Measures to Enhance the State Business Climate; Funding Transportation in Fiscally Tough Times; Alternative Fuel Technologies and Economic Development; How Should the United States Prepare for the Global Economic Challenges of the 21st Century?; South Carolina’s Economic Challenges; Economic Incentives and State Tax Systems; Ensuring Efficiencies in State and Local Government Sales Tax Collections; Comparative Data Reports (CDRs) Presentations; State Actions on Animal Welfare, Rural Messaging—Framing the Rural Story; e-Warrants; Federal Healthcare Reform and Its Implications for Southern States; The Resurgence of Crystal Methamphetamine in the South; and Reforming Student Assessments, Alignment and Persistence: The Promise of a Coordinated Educational System.




TAG Recognizes Representative Chuck Martin as Legislator of the Year

2010-11-16

July 14, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALPHARETTA
 -The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) selected Representative Chuck Martin, (R-Alpharetta), as their 2010 Legislator of the Year. Representative Martin sponsored language creating the Angel Investor Credit Income Tax Credit which will make Georgia a nation leader for developing start up companies. Representative Martin was also selected to speak about the specifics of the legislation at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Angel Investor Tax Credit Panel.  The award recognizes Representative Martin’s work over the years to promote technology jobs for Georgians.

“I’m honored to be recognized by organization such as TAG.  TAG does so much for Georgia communities by bringing businesses together to advance Georgia’s technology and create new jobs for Georgians.  For Georgia to remain a leader in technology economy we must continue to work with technology business and organization like TAG.  As a legislator I look forward to continuing to work with TAG to bring even more focus on creating technology jobs in Georgia,” said Martin.

The Angel Investor Income Tax Credit will encourage third-party investors to assist innovative, wealth-creating, and small or startup businesses in Georgia.  The total amount of allowable credits is up to $10 million per taxable year for the next three years.  Incentives like these are proven to bring economic development to Georgia, which in turn creates high-paying private sector jobs.  The complete law can be found at http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/sum/hb1069.htm

TAG focuses on the developing the states awareness and economic advancement in the technology arena while creating opportunities for like-minds to collaborate. For more information on The Technology Association of Georgia visit www.tagonline.org.



A Message from Rep. Chuck Martin...

2010-10-25

Thank you for allowing me to represent you in the State House. The best part is working for the people of the District and Georgia. I will continue to work hard to represent our issues at the state level. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve you and ask for your continued input and support so that I may continue to be a "Local Voice" in the Capitol.



The Beacon features Rep. Chuck Martin and HB 850

2010-10-24

ROSWELL, GA--

April 1, 2010

The Beacon Newspaper quotes Representative Chuck Martin in a cover story about his efforts to bridge the gap in long-term care facilities available to Georgia's seniors.

Please visit the link below for the full story and Representative Martin's comments.

Georgia's Big Brother Bureaucrats' Silent War on Seniors



The Beacon features Rep. Chuck Martin and HB 850

2010-04-01

ROSWELL, GA--

April 1, 2010

The Beacon Newspaper quotes Representative Chuck Martin in a cover story about his efforts to bridge the gap in long-term care facilities available to Georgia's seniors. 

Please click
here to see Representative Martin's comments.



House Passes Amended FY10 Budget

2010-02-25

ATLANTA, GA--

On the 17th legislative day, the Georgia House passed the amended FY10 budget which dictates the state’s spending from July 2009 to June 2010. The revised budget passed the house with a vote of 122 to 44. The amended budget, in order to be balanced with state revenues, reduced state spending by $1.15 billion. The House was able to make these reductions while restoring the Governor’s mid-year reduction to the K-12 QBE funding. Additionally, the House protected the HOPE Scholarship fund and did not use HOPE funds to supplant current state general fund spending. The budget continues to be a high priority as the 2010 Legislative Session continues. The Legislature is currently in recess until March 8th to concentrate solely on the budget.



Transportation News

2010-02-25

ATLANTA, GA---

Governor Perdue, Lieutenant Governor Cagle and Speaker Ralston held a joint press conference to announce a forthcoming bill in support of a regional TSPLOST (Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax). This is similar to a proposal I introduced 2007. Needless to say, I am pleased that we are moving in a forward direction. I am optimistic; however, there are many details to be addressed and I remain committed to an option that allows for local input and control. I am also concerned that this proposal would allow MARTA to use 50% of its revenue currently restricted to capital projects for operating expenses over a three-year period. Additional details about this proposal will be made available after the bill is filed. 

The Georgia Department of Transportation is seeking to change the accounting method it currently employs. Representative Jay Roberts, R-154, has introduced a bill to allow the GDOT Board to switch back to the accrual method of accounting. The cash method now used by the department requires for the allotment of a project’s entire cost at its onset. This bill would give the board more flexibility in allowing the funding of multiyear projects, and ultimately allow for large transportation projects to begin sooner.



Health Care Tax Proposal

2010-02-25

ATLANTA, GA---

On Wednesday, February 17th, a proposal to tax Georgia hospitals and health plans to cover a shortfall in the state's Medicaid budget had its first hearing in a House Appropriations subcommittee. The tax, while estimated to raise monies upwards of $250 million, would require health care providers to raise rates for patients with private insurance. The plan could cost Georgians more in terms of job loss than it actually brings into the state. After the initial hearing and testimony, it does not appear that this proposal is right for Georgia at this time.



Recent Bills Passed by the Georgia House of Representatives

2010-02-19

ATLANTA, GA-- 

The following is a list of legislation that passed out of the House during the week of 2/15-2/19. This legislation now will travel to the Senate for consideration.

HB 122 - Counties and municipalities; budget excess; searchable website; provisions
- Authored By: Rep. Edward Lindsey of the 54th
- House Committee: Governmental Affairs
- Rule: Modified-Open
- Yeas: 166; Nays: 0

HB 249 - Public Retirement Systems Investment Authority Law; define certain terms;
provisions
- Authored By: Rep. Charles E. Martin of the 47th
- House Committee: Retirement
- Rule: Modified-Structured
- Yeas: 155; Nays: 7

HB 991 - Sales and use tax; county and municipal; distribution of proceeds; revise
- Authored By: Rep. Wendell Willard of the 49th
- House Committee: Ways & Means
- Rule: Modified-Structured
- Yeas: 148; Nays: 17

SB 131 - The Revised Georgia Trust Code of 2009; comprehensively revise provisions relating
to trusts
- Authored By: Sen. Bill Hamrick of the 30th
- House Committee: Judiciary
- Rule: Modified-Structured
- Yeas: 162; Nays: 2

HB 665 - Elections; 2010 pilot program; electronic transmission of absentee ballots;
provisions
- Authored By: Rep. Mark Hamilton of the 23rd
- House Committee: Governmental Affairs
- Rule: Structured
- Yeas: 165; Nays: 1

HB 1028 - Ad valorem tax; forest land conservation use property; revise provisions
- Authored By: Rep. Jay Roberts of the 154th
- House Committee: Ways & Means
- Rule: Structured
- Yeas: 139; Nays: 26

HB 867 - Commission on Regional Planning; create; provide for membership and duties
- Authored By: Rep. Ron Stephens of the 164th
- House Committee: Economic Development & Tourism
- Rule: Open
- Yeas: 135; Nays: 24

HB 901 - Repeat offenders; fourth felony offense punishment; change provisions
- Authored By: Rep. Kevin Levitas of the 82nd
- House Committee: Judiciary Non-Civil
- Rule: Modified-Structured
- Yeas: 151; Nays: 10

HB 977 - Quality Basic Education Act; state funds for salary increase; prohibit
- Authored By: Rep. Ed Rynders of the 152nd
- House Committee: Education
- Rule: Modified-Structured
- Yeas: 162; Nays: 0

HB 981 - Law enforcement vehicles; painted solid color; authorize
- Authored By: Rep. Jill Chambers of the 81st
- House Committee: Public Safety and Homeland Security
- Rule: Modified-Structured
- Yeas: 159; Nays: 3

HB 1142 - Putnam County; board of elections and registration; create
- Authored By: Rep. Mickey Channell of the 116th
- House Committee: Intragovernmental Coordination - Local
- Rule: Open
- Yeas: 162; Nays: 0

HB 1151 - St. Marys, City of; ad valorem tax; municipal purposes; homestead exemption;
provisions
- Authored By: Rep. Cecily Hill of the 180th
- House Committee: Intragovernmental Coordination - Local
- Rule: Open
- Yeas: 162; Nays: 0

HB 1156 - Temple, City of; provide new charter
- Authored By: Rep. Timothy Bearden of the 68th
- House Committee: Intragovernmental Coordination - Local
- Rule: Open
- Yeas: 162; Nays: 0

HB 1157 - Broxton, City of; city attorney and municipal court judge qualifications; provide
- Authored By: Rep. Chuck Sims of the 169th
- House Committee: Intragovernmental Coordination - Local
- Rule: Open
- Yeas: 162; Nays: 0

HB 1169 - Cadwell, Town of; provide new charter
- Authored By: Rep. DuBose Porter of the 143rd
- House Committee: Intragovernmental Coordination - Local
- Rule: Open
- Yeas: 162; Nays: 0

HB 1176 - Fannin County Water Authority Act; enact
- Authored By: Rep. David Ralston of the 7th
- House Committee: Intragovernmental Coordination - Local
- Rule: Open
- Yeas: 162; Nays: 0

SB 376 - Covington Municipal Airport Authority Act; powers, duties, membership
- Authored By: Sen. John Douglas of the 17th
- House Committee: Intragovernmental Coordination - Local
- Rule: Open
- Yeas: 162; Nays: 0



Rep. Chuck Martin Introduces Mr. Chance Veazey

2010-02-17

ATLANTA, GA---

February 17, 2010

Diamond Dog infielder Chance Veazey, a freshman honor student at the University of Georgia, was recognized with House Resolution 1411 for his perseverance and fortitude as he recovers from an injury he suffered in a scooter accident last fall, which left him paralyzed from the waist down. He thanked those who have supported him throughout this ordeal including UGA head baseball coach David Perno and athletic trainer, Mike Dillon.

To read the full version of HR 1411, please click
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Recent Bills Passed by the Georgia House of Representatives

2010-02-08

The following bills passed out of the Georgia House of Representatives during the week of 2/1/2010 to 2/5/2010.

These bills will now be considered by the Georgia State Senate. To keep track of the progress of these bills or any others, please visit the link at the bottom of the page. 

HB 651 - Sexual offenders; information to schools on accessing registry; revise certain provisions
- Authored By: Rep. Amy Carter of the 175th
- House Committee: Judiciary Non-Civil
- Rule: Open
- Yeas: 166; Nays: 0

HB 926 - Obligations of a bank; certain renewals or restructuring of loans; exempt
- Authored By: Rep. James Mills of the 25th
- House Committee: Banks & Banking
- Rule: Modified-Open
- Yeas: 165; Nays: 1

HB 219 - Antifreeze; include aversive agent to render it unpalatable; provisions
- Authored By: Rep. Tommy Benton of the 31st
- House Committee: Judiciary Non-Civil
- Rule: Open
- Yeas: 142; Nays: 25

HB 905 - Quality Basic Education Act; capital outlay funds; provisions
- Authored By: Rep. Tom Dickson of the 6th
- House Committee: Education
- Rule: Modified-Structured
- Yeas: 168; Nays: 1

HB 906 - Elementary and secondary education; annual contracts; temporarily extend deadlines
- Authored By: Rep. Jay Neal of the 1st
- House Committee: Education
- Rule: Modified-Structured
- Yeas: 136; Nays: 33

HB 907 - Quality Basic Education Act; organization of schools, programs, and scheduling; revise certain provisions
- Authored By: Rep. David Casas of the 103rd
- House Committee: Education
- Rule: Modified-Structured
- Yeas: 164; Nays: 1

HB 923 - Quality Basic Education Act; salary schedules for certificated personnel; revise provisions
- Authored By: Rep. Jay Neal of the 1st
- House Committee: Education
- Rule: Modified-Structured
- Yeas: 158; Nays: 8

HB 916 - Retirement ages; nullify application for retirement; provisions
- Authored By: Rep. Howard Maxwell of the 17th
- House Committee: Retirement
- Rule: Open
- Yeas: 167; Nays: 1

HB 54 - Georgia Judicial Retirement System; survivors' benefits; provisions
- Authored By: Rep. John Lunsford of the 110th
- House Committee: Retirement
- Rule: Open
- Yeas: 164; Nays: 0

HB 486 - Superior Court Clerks' Retirement Fund of Georgia; not entitled credit for service
after July 1, 2010; provisions
- Authored By: Rep. John Meadows of the 5th
- House Committee: Retirement
- Rule: Open
- Yeas: 166; Nays: 0

HB 910 - Gender discrimination; Department of Education; annual gender equality reporting;
remove requirements
- Authored By: Rep. Howard Maxwell of the 17th
- House Committee: Education
- Rule: Modified-Structured
- Yeas: 154; Nays: 0




New Leadership in the House of Representatives

2010-02-02

The Georgia Legislature was called into session on January 11, 2010. The first order of business in the House of Representatives was to elect a new Speaker and Speaker Pro-Tempore. Speaker Pro-Tempore Mark Burkhalter, R-Johns Creek, was serving as the interim Speaker. Burkhalter declined to offer for Speaker for the session’s duration due to business commitments that would have prohibited him from dedicating the time required. Representative David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, was elected to replace Glenn Richardson, R-Paulding County, as Speaker of the House. Speaker Ralston praised Burkhalter for his service as Pro-Tempore and his handling of the dynamic situation leading up to the elections.

Additionally, the Georgia House of Representatives made history by electing Representative Jan Jones, R-Milton, to the job of Speaker Pro-Tempore. Representative Jones is the highest ranking women ever in the Georgia Legislature. Congratulations to Jan Jones, my friend from Milton.



Rep. Chuck Martin Introduces Mr. Gordon Beckham

2010-02-02

February 2, 2010.

Representative Chuck Martin (47-R) introduced special guest Mr. Gordon Beckham to the House floor. Voted American League Rookie of the Year, Beckham was a valuable player on the University of Georgia's baseball team and drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2009. 


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AJC Features Rep. Chuck Martin

2010-01-29

The Atlanta Journal Constitution quotes Rep. Chuck Martin in story concerning the director of the Judicial Qualifications Commission. 


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Immediate Freeze to Property Tax Assessment Increases

2009-04-28

The Georgia House of Representives Pass HB 233, an Immediate Freeze on Property Tax Assessment Increases 

Atlanta 2/12/2009 - The House, today, passed HB 233, a bill to place a moratorium on assessment increases effective as soon as it is passed by the Senate and signed by the Govenor -- we don't have to wait on the November 2010 election. 

HB 233 is better for the taxpayer than HR 1 because assessors cannot run up assessments before the 2010 vote. 

"I enthusiastically supported and voted for HB 233 and am pleased that when signed into law the bill will protect taxpayers from ridiculous assessment increases during these difficult times", said Rep. Chuck Martin, R - Alpharetta.



Martin Named 2008 Legislator of the Year

2008-10-20

Alpharetta - Chuck Martin named 2008 Legislator Of the Year by the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs and the Georgia State Firefighters Association.



NFIB Endorses Chuck Martin for State House

2008-10-20

31 legislative candidates win major endorsement from NFIB/Georgia 
Small business owners support candidates who support them

ATLANTA, Oct. 15, 2008 — The National Federation of Independent Business, Georgia’s leading small business association, has endorsed 31 candidates for re-election to the General Assembly. The endorsements were made by NFIB/Georgia SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, which is comprised exclusively of NFIB members.

“Small business is the cornerstone of Georgia’s economy, and it’s important that we have a General Assembly that supports free enterprise,” said David Raynor, state director of NFIB/Georgia.

The endorsements:

Senate
Ronnie Chance (District 16)
John Douglas (District 17)
Chip Rogers (District 21)
Mitch Seabaugh (District 28)
Seth Harp (District 29)
Bill Hamrick (District 30)
Bill Heath (District 31)
Judson Hill (District 32)
Ralph Hudgens (District 47)
Jeff Mullis, (District 53)
Dan Moody (District 56)

House
Martin Scott (District 2)
Charles Jenkins (District 8)
Katie Dempsey (District 13)
Barry Loudermilk (District 14)
James Mills (District 25)
Ed Setzler (District 35)
Matt Dollar (District 45)
Chuck Martin (District 47)
Billy Horne (District 71)
Fran Millar (District 79)
Jill Chambers (District 81)
David Casas (District 103)
Melvin Everson (District 106)
David Knight (District 126)
Carl Von Epps (District 128)
Allen Freeman (District 140)
Austin Scott (District 153)
Butch Parrish (District 156)
Mark Hatfield (District 177)
Jerry Keen (District 179)

“The National Federation of Independent Business is the voice of small business in Atlanta, and these candidates listen to what our members have to say,” Raynor said. “They support improved access to affordable healthcare and believe in better fiscal responsibility, a sensible workers’ compensation system and putting an end to excessive regulation that hurts the ability of small businesses to grow and create jobs.”

NFIB’s endorsement is important to the candidates’ campaigns. Small business owners and their employees vote in large numbers and recruit friends and family members to go to the polls. NFIB/Georgia has pledged to activate its grassroots network on behalf of these candidates. NFIB’s political support is based on the candidates’ positions and records on small business issues. 
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NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends its views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom. 




Representative Chuck Martin elected Vice Chair of Energy and Environment Comm

2008-07-24

ATLANTA – Representative Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta) was elected Vice Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee of The Council of State Governments’ Southern office, the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC), at the organization’s 62nd Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on July 15, 2008, a position which runs through 2009. 

As part of its mission to foster and encourage cooperation among its 16 member states, the SLC brought together nearly 1,000 delegates, legislative staff, and guests from across the South. Committee members are appointed by their chamber’s legislative leadership and each committee elects its own officers. Through the deliberations of Committee members, an array of issues facing all Southern state legislatures are considered. The Energy and Environment Committee, which Representative Martin was named as Vice Chair, is one of six SLC standing committees. 

Representative Martin said, “I am honored to have been nominated as Vice Chair by my fellow legislators. I look forward to working closely with the chairman on environmental, energy, and agricultural issues affecting our southern states.”



Chuck Martin Appointed to House Telecommunications Competition Review Study C

2008-07-08

ATLANTA –Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram) has appointed Representative Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta) to the House Study Committee on Telecommunications Competition Review.

“I am confident that Representative Martin will be an asset to this study committee. He is an extremely diligent worker and I know he will work well with the other representatives appointed to this committee,” Richardson said.

House Resolution 1288, the House Study Committee on Telecommunications Competition Review, was created to study of the level of inter-carrier compensation and the effect on competition and economic development in Georgia for 12 years in the telecommunications industry. Since enacting the Telecommunications and Competition Development Act of 1995, the legislature has been committed to the promotion of market based competition to promote telecommunications to the benefit of Georgia's citizens state wide. 

“Telecommunications is so important in our world today, I look forward to working on this committee to develop and promote a plan to increase competition and spur economic development in Georgia,” said Representative Martin.


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Chuck Martin Appointed Chairman of House Public and Legal Notices Study Commi

2008-07-08

ATLANTA –Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram) has appointed Representative Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta) as Chairman of the House Study Committee on Public and Legal Notices.

“I am confident that Representative Martin will be an asset to this study committee. He is an extremely diligent worker and I know he will work well with the other representatives appointed to this committee,” Richardson said.

House Resolution 1740, the House Study Committee on Public and Legal Notices, was created for a variety of reasons. For many years, the State of Georgia has utilized newspapers as its primary means of providing the public with notice of governmental actions and legal matters. But in today's electronic age, the internet is becoming the medium by which most people obtain information on a variety of topics including current events and government. Since, the subscriber base for many newspapers is decreasing in favor of other types of media, this committee was created to study the best way that such notices could be given to the public so that the citizens of Georgia are aware of important changes in the state.

“I look forward to working with my colleges as we hold hearings around the state to learn from all interested parties and most importantly, the citizens of our state. Information concerning legal and public is very important to our citizens and with this committee we will seek input as to how best to provide that information to Georgians.” said Representative Martin.


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