At the Capitol: Week of January 23

Here is your recap of the third week of the 2023 legislative session in Georgia.

– On Wednesday, Gov. Brian Kemp delivered the first State of the State of his second term. He called for a “new era” in Georgia and outlined his administration’s priorities, which include education, housing and boosting pay for teachers and state employees. You can watch the full speech here.

– Senate Republicans released their priorities for the 2023 session on Thursday, focusing on the economy, education, healthcare and public safety. You can watch the press conference here

– Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta) introduced legislation to expand the scholarship tax credit program cap from $120 million to $200 million, thereby making the program available to thousands of additional students.

– Speaker Jon Burns praised Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta) for introducing the legislation saying, “We are committed to taking sensible steps to improve educational outcomes for Georgia’s children. Georgians have demonstrated overwhelming demand for this innovative program year after year, and I thank Chairman John Carson for his leadership on this issue.”

– Georgia House Majority Caucus Whip James Burchett (R-Waycross) announced the appointment of his Majority Caucus Whip Team for the 2023-2024 legislative term. State Representative Rob Leverett (R-Elberton) will serve as the Chief Deputy Whip. View all members here.

The Babylon Bee’s Seth Dillon will be the keynote speaker for our upcoming Georgia Freedom Dinner on April 25. You don’t want to miss this! Get your tickets now.

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