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Senator Albers: Week One Under the Gold Dome

Friday, January 12, 2024

The New Year has arrived and with it begins a new regular session of the Georgia Legislature! Each year brings new challenges and opportunities alike. However, one thing will always remain the same: serving Georgia’s 56th district is my greatest honor.

The Second Session of the 157th Georgia General Assembly began Monday, January 8, 2024. I’m looking forward to another productive legislative session, and I’m prepared to move forward with legislation pertinent to all Georgians. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Safety, I place high value on passing and promoting legislation dedicated to your safety. Because crime is an unfortunate part of any society, we will continue to be proactive in our response as we address Georgians’ public safety needs.

Shortly after we gaveled in on the first legislative day, I spoke from the well and made it known that swatting has absolutely no place in this state. Unfortunately, my family is not the only family that has been affected by this dangerous epidemic currently affecting many Georgians. I intend to make it clear throughout this legislative session that such behavior is foolish and dangerous. I am especially grateful to the Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Capitol Police and the Roswell Police for their professionalism and protection.

It was my pleasure to join high school student Ms. Sierra Pape on Wednesday as we proposed an idea to the State School Board that would add the teaching of organ donation to the high school health curriculum. This important idea has already passed their consent calendar and will save many lives for years to come.

On Thursday, I listened to Governor Brian P. Kemp’s State of the State address. I was encouraged, as always, by Gov. Kemp’s commitment to public safety officers, state employees and teachers alike. I stand ready to support legislation aimed at providing tax relief to Georgians, ensuring safer communities and providing options for Georgians when they enter the marketplace for healthcare, as discussed by the Governor.

Next week, I look forward to listening to Gov. Kemp and various state agencies as we carefully examine our state’s budget throughout several joint hearings between the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations. I’m excited to support Gov. Kemp’s priorities to put Georgians first and keep Georgia number one for business. I will always remain dedicated to both expanding Georgia’s role as a world-renowned hub for global commerce and continuing efforts to keep students, teachers and personnel safe on campus.

As the legislative session progresses, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office if I can be of service to you regarding legislative matters.

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Sen. John Albers serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Safety. He represents the 56th Senate District which includes portions of Cherokee, Cobb and North Fulton counties. He may be reached at his office at 404.463.8055 or by email at [email protected]