Legislative Update – 2-09-18


Week Five in the Georgia General Assembly is over and I am proud of what we accomplished.  The most notable piece of legislation passed was HB683, which is the Amended Budget for FY2018.  The Amended Budget includes additional funding for education, healthcare, and infrastructure.


Amended FY2018 Budget Breakdown: 

  • $118 million for school enrollment and charter school grants.
  • $12 million for technical colleges.
  • $25 million to extend runways at airports outside of Atlanta.
  • $10 million for beach re-nourishment to deal with damage done by recent hurricanes
  • $15.5 million for new school buses.
  • $15 million for children in the state’s foster care system because of the opioid crisis.


Adoption Reform Passes the Senate

Over a year ago, Rep. Bert Reeves introduced a bill that was intended to re-write our antiquated adoption laws.  Rep. Reeves’ tireless efforts finally came to fruition this week as the Senate passed compromise legislation that makes it easier for children to find a safe and loving home.  This was long over due and a proud moment for the Georgia General Assembly.






Firefighter Recognition Day 

This week, lawmakers paused to honor our fire service professionals during the 46th Annual Firefighter Recognition Day at the Capitol.  These brave men and women sacrifice their lives for our safety on a daily basis.  We are incredibly grateful for their service.





House Page Program

Applications for the House Pages are still being accepted.  If you have a student (age 12-18) who is interested in government, this is an engaging, hands on experience.

Apply at the  House Page Program website.  I look forward to seeing some of our students this year at the capitol!






As always, please feel free to call (404-656-0254) or email (joyce.chandler@house.ga.gove) with any questions or concerns you may have.


Rep. Joyce Chandler

District 105

Georgia General Assembly