This week we wrapped up week four of the session and completed legislative day 16. The Senate was hard at work passing several pieces of legislation.
On Tuesday, we were privileged to have firefighters and first responders with us for the 44th annual Firefighters Recognition Day at the Capitol. It was great to acknowledge those who serve and have served. I was honored to thank them for their countless hours of service and commitment. We also recognized February 2 as Stop Violence Against Women Day and focused on how we can all work together to end an issue that affects so many in this state and around the nation.
Senate committees are meeting daily to review and provide recommendations on legislation before it goes to the Senate floor. I am honored to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs Committee. We held our first full committee meeting on Thursday, and I look forward to working with members of the committee on key legislation.
Senate Bill 297, legislation I am sponsoring, will be heard in the Senate State and Local Governmental Operations Committee on Tuesday, February 9th. This legislation would give state employees who are adoptive parents the ability to take accrued annual or sick leave to care for an adoptive child. The limit would be six weeks and the leave would have to be taken within one year of the child’s adoption.
For a full overview of the fourth legislative week, please visit: http:// www.senate. ga. gov/ spo/ Documents/UpperChamber- Report/2016/WeeklyChamberReport2_ 1thru2_ 5.pdf.
I thoroughly enjoy seeing and hearing from my constituents. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office. I encourage groups from our community to visit the Capitol, and I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon!