The first full week in April, also known as Master’s Week throughout most of Georgia, is the traditional spring break period for many of the K-12 schools in our state. Students and teachers use this break to prepare for the upcoming final exams that will mark the end of the academic year. For similar reasons, the General Assembly also took a brief break this week.
This break gave us, as state legislators, a chance to review the status of legislation and prepare for the last three days of the current legislative session, which will take place on Monday, April 11 through Thursday, April 14.
In addition, as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, I spent all of last week in Conference Committee with the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and several other legislators hammering out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the 2012 Budget. After reviewing our work up to this point, I thought it would be a good idea to update you about some key pieces of legislation that have already passed the House and await final passage.
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