Georgia County Government - November/December 2012 - (Page 17)
The Gold Dome will soon be invigorated by the debates, conversations and the foot traffic of Georgia’s senators and state representatives.
2013 Legislative Preview: More Efficient Tax Reform, Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reforms
By Schuyler Harding
s fall ends, it prefaces winter and spring, and yet another legislative session for the Georgia General Assembly. The Gold Dome will soon be invigorated by the debates, conversations and the foot traffic of Georgia’s senators and state representatives. Not only is this time of year significant for officials who serve at the state level of government but it also proves significant for those who serve at the county level. Thus, the Association County
Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) has become even more active in its vital role as a voice for county government.
The legislative session is the pinnacle arena for intergovernmental discourse. With the new session comes a new legislative agenda for ACCG and its constituents. This year marks the first year of the biennial legislature; thus, legislators start this year’s session with a clean slate. ACCG members approved the 2013-2014 legislative agenda at the 2012 Legislative Leadership Conference in October. The priorities for this year’s agenda include a cleanup on
tax reform legislation passed during last year’s legislative session and a criminal and juvenile justice reform. One can also expect to see proposed legislation in the focus areas of health and human ser vices; transportation and economic development; general county government; and natural resources and the environment. 2013 LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW continued on page 18
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