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Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2023 #8

It’s a Numbers Game Sometimes numbers stick in my brain and sometimes they don’t. This year alone, legislators have filed 955 Bills and 662 Resolutions. So if you bring a bill to my attention just by its number, I’m going to say, “Tell me what the bill does.” After Crossover Day this Monday, some bills […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2023 #7

Flash Flood Warning I wasn’t in the mood this week to listen to Majorie Taylor Greene address the Senate about transgender youth, so I sought solace outside the chamber. Caught up in the moment, I completely forgot the Senate Page Program has been reactivated, so instead of quiet, I was swamped by a flood of […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2023 #6

Mustering the Troops North DeKalb Legislative Town Hall: Join me, Senator Sally Harrell, and Dekalb House Reps Scott Holcomb, Karen Lupton, Shea Roberts and Long Tran, Thursday, February 23rd, 7 pm in the Arrow Creek Room oat 4445 Buford HIghway in Chamblee. Register here.   Indivisible Marching Buddies Legislative Update: If you need a virtual option, […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2023 #5

A week of Fits and Starts This week the legislature felt like a car engine that wouldn’t quite turn over. Bills were moving at a good little clip, then sputtered to a stop. On Tuesday while debating a couple of bills, a security alarm went off. We started to evacuate, but the Sergeant-at-Arms said it […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2023 #4

Back to School Edition Getting enough sleep during the legislative session can be tough. Even when I’m sleeping, I dream about what happened the day before. This week I had the classic “I forgot to go to class” dream, which made me realize that lately, the legislature has been feeling more like school than a […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2023 #3

The Senate is Starting to Roll . . . For three weeks, office-less freshman legislators have roamed the halls looking for a place to land. I’m happy to report that finally, everyone has an office! While the Senate hasn’t had a single floor vote yet on an actual bill, Committees, County Delegations, and various Caucuses […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2023 #2

In the Weeds with Georgia’s Budget “There is nothing that we will do in this building that directly touches your constituents more than this document.” — Senate Appropriations Chair Blake Tillery Week Two: Word spread through the halls — “The budget’s out!” Legislators queued up to get their inch-thick, spiral bound copy of the Governor’s […]

Choose Hope

To be hopeless — Dishonors those who have come before us, And abandons those who come after us. It is therefore our duty to Choose hope At the Dunwoody 4th of July parade Monday, I shared with Congressman Hank Johnson how I have struggled for over a week to write this email. He responded in […]

Sally’s Senate Snapshot 2022 Sine Die!

Is There a Storm Brewing? That eerie feeling just before a spring storm, when the air is warm and still. Sine Die, the last day of the session, always makes me nervous. It’s a very long day and bills that have been dormant since the year before can reappear without notice. This year, big ticket […]