Entries by Sally Harrell

All Politics is Local

The last couple of days I’ve been pleading with local mayors and city council members to take action at the local level to slow the rate of coronavirus pandemic. Since I live in unincorporated DeKalb County, I also reached out to DeKalb County elected officials. The Chief Elected Officer, who has unilateral authority to act, […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2020 #10

Crossing the Rubicon on Crossover Day Last week began with anticipation as we ramped up to Crossover Day, the day when all bills must pass one chamber in order to be considered by the other chamber before the close of the two-year session, or biennium. But that anticipation was coupled with a feeling of nervousness […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2020 #8

Reminder: Upcoming Town Hall Meetings: Thanks to everyone who came out to our Dunwoody/Sandy Springs town hall meeting. We had a great turnout! We have two more coming up:. Peachtree Corners with Representative Beth Moore: March 18th, 6-8 pm at the Peachtree Corners Community Chest Annex, 310 Technology Parkway. Chamblee/Brookhaven with Representatives Scott Holcomb and Matthew Wilson: March 26th, 6-8pm […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2020 #7

Reminder: Upcoming Town Hall Meetings: I’m pleased to be co-hosting several town hall meetings with House Representatives in various parts of Senate District 40 so that we can update you on the legislative session, answer your questions, and hear your thoughts. Dunwoody/Sandy Springs with Representatives Mike Wilensky and Josh McLaurin: March 4th, 7-9 pm at the Dunwoody […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2020 #6

A Public Service Message: Verify your Voting Information! February 24th is the registration deadline if you want to vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary election on March 24th. Even if you are registered, be sure to verify that your voting status is “Active” and your information is correct. Three legislators learned last week that despite […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2020 #5

Putting on the Brakes The legislature has burned through 12 of its 40 legislative days, and has passed very little legislation. The problem is the budget, but it’s more than that — it’s a constitutional crisis of the balance of powers between Georgia’s legislative and executive branches. At the core has been the refusal of […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2020 #4

A Comedy of Errors, But The Show Goes On The Republican leadership has been slow to release bills to the Senate floor, which allowed me time to focus on the work my district sent me to do. I filed two bills: SB 339, A Medicaid Public Option: Modeled after Georgia’s successful Peachcare for Kids program […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2020 #3

The Battle of the Budget The Georgia General Assembly traditionally holds budget hearings the second week of session, but the tone of these hearings was far from normal. The Budget Battle started last fall when the Governor ordered 4% cuts to the budget the legislature passed last year. Speaker Ralston responded by calling the entire […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2020 #2

Already Making Sausage Otto von Bismarck is famous for his quote, “If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either being made.” Because bills filed in 2019 carry over into 2020, the 155th Georgia General Assembly wasted no time in getting the sausage-making going again. Changing the Sausage Recipe Bills that lack the […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2020 #1

Gearing Up Welcome to Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2020! It’s an enormous election year with so many important offices to fill, not the least of which is the Oval Office.  But we must remember that what we’ve done together the last three years to increase civic engagement is just as important to our democracy as what […]