Sen. Crane anticipates short session
by Sarah Fay Campbell
The Georgia General Assembly consists of two chambers, the House of Representatives and the Senate. Coweta County is currently represented by five legislators: State Senate Mike Crane (R-Newnan); and four House members, Lynn Smith (R-Newnan), Carl Von Epps (D-LaGrange), David Stover (R-Palmetto), and Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City).
Jan. 13 marks the first session of the General Assembly in the new year. The House and Senate will convene at 10 a.m. on Monday at the state capitol in Atlanta.
The session is limited to 40 legislative days that can be spread over the course of several months. Monday's session will likely be kept to a minimum, in part due to the earlier primary election season recently imposed by a federal lawsuit against the state.
'With the new election schedule this spring, there is a lot of momentum to expedite the session and finish up as quickly as possible,' said Crane. 'Some are talking early March.'
'With that in mind, the budget will be a top priority very early on,' Crane said. 'Based on the information I have heard so far, I anticipate slightly less than expected revenue growth for the state. With costs continuing to rise faster than revenue, understanding the role of limited government in a free society and proper prioritization of spending is vital to long-term stability for our state.'
Crane said there are several pieces of legislation he would like to see move forward, which will 'reduce bureaucracy, limit the burden of regulatory oversight by the state, and increase the bottom line for our businesses that drive Georgia's economy.'
During this session, Crane said he will 'continue to work to expand Georgian's rights to protect themselves and their families.'
Additionally, 'I will support legislation that reduces the government controlled transfer of wealth in our society,' Crane said. 'I will work to eliminate progressive taxation at the state level, allowing working Georgians to keep more of the money they earn. I am also working to provide parents with more choices in education for their children.'
Crane said he believes that Georgia 'can be positioned to lead the nation toward solvency and sanity at the federal level by showing great success at the state level. Limited, effective, and efficient government with maximum liberty for the individual and the marketplace is the path we must travel to take us there.'