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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS Government Affairs Report State Legislative Update 2016 ANNUAL APARTMENT INDUSTRY LEGISLATIVE APPRECIATION RECEPTION In February, the Atlanta Apartment Association hosted our annual Legislative Appreciation Reception where we thanked statewide elected officials and members of the General Assembly for their service. Several statewide constitutional officers, Senators and Representatives joined AAA leadership at this event, and it was a great opportunity to thank them for continuing to work to protect the tremendous business environment that we enjoy here in Georgia. PRIMARY ELECTION IS JUST DAYS AWAY In March - towards the end of the legislative session - challengers made the journey to the state capitol to qualify for legislative seats. Many did so with their current Senator or Representative just a short distance away, either voting in their chamber or considering measures in committee. In an instant, the lawmaker-constituent relationship vanished and in its place stood political opponents. Such is the case every other year, when all 236 of Georgia's House and Senate members face reelection. This year's Primary Election takes place on Tuesday, May 24, and there are more challenges than usual - particularly for Republicans in the Senate. One theory is that the anti-establishment rhetoric in Presidential politics has made its way to Georgia and incumbents now find themselves outflanked to the extreme left or right. Only voters can determine if there's still room for moderate Republicans and Democrats in Georgia's legislature. In Georgia, the House and Senate are responsible for reapportioning legislative districts every 10 years following the census. This process safeguards the one-person, one-vote principle. The overarching goal is to ensure that each House and Senate member has approximately the same number of people living in their district to guarantee all citizens are equally represented in the legislature. When necessary, portions of the state are "redistricted" to accommodate population growth or decline and to keep districts evenly populated. The House and Senate are political bodies and naturally, politics drives the reapportionment and redistricting process. Today, many House and Senate districts are drawn to heavily favor Republicans or Democrats, meaning the Haydon Stanley, State Legislative Consultant Penny Moceri, Regulatory Affairs Manager Derek Norton, VP, Government Affairs M AY/J U N E 2 016 | H A BITAT | 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Habitat - May/June 2016

Chair’s Message
Legal Talk
Cover Feature: Walk the Red Carpet With AAA
Exhibitor Listing
Government Affairs
Curb Appeal
Up Close
Volunteer's Corner
AAA Platinum Patron Member Profile: AT&T
AAA Gold Patron Member Profile: CSS Services
AAA Gold Patron Member Profile: PDQ Services
New Members
Advertisers’ Index

Habitat - May/June 2016