Senate Study Committee on Artificial Intelligence to Hold Second Meeting

On Wednesday, July 17,2024, at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Study Committee on Artificial Intelligence, chaired by Sen. John Albers (R–Roswell), will hold its second hearing.

EVENT DETAILS:                      

  • Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2024
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Location: Georgia Institute of Technology, Dalney Building, 926 Dalney St NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
  • This event is open to the public and will be live-streamed on the Georgia General Assembly website here.

ABOUT THE MEETING:         

The committee is tasked with promoting responsible innovation, competition, and collaboration in public and private sectors will allow Georgia to be a leader in ensuring that such technology will advance in a way that enforces the existing consumer protection laws and principles for its citizens while enacting any additional appropriate safeguards against, fraud, unintended bias, discrimination, infringements on privacy, and other potential harms from AI.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

We kindly request that members of the media confirm their attendance in advance by contacting Emily Leonard at [email protected].

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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].

July 2024 Newsletter

During the summer, when we are not in legislative session, there is still significant work to be done serving you. I am working on numerous study and standing committees, meeting with department heads, speaking to different organizations, etc. One of my most important jobs is constituent services which helps people solve their problems. It is my sincere pleasure to serve you. Please reach out if we can help.

Senate Study Committee on Artificial Intelligence to Hold First Meeting

ATLANTA (June 25, 2024) — On Wednesday, June 26,2024, at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Study Committee on Artificial Intelligence, chaired by Sen. John Albers (R–Roswell), will hold its first hearing.

EVENT DETAILS:                      

  • Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Location: 450 State Capitol, 18 Capitol Square SW, Atlanta, GA, 30334
  • This event is open to the public and will be live-streamed on the Georgia General Assembly website here.

ABOUT THE MEETING:         

Members are tasked with recommending measures to support the development and implementation of ethical standards that aim to preserve individuals’ dignity, autonomy, and self-determination.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

We kindly request that members of the media confirm their attendance in advance by contacting Emily Leonard at [email protected].

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].

June 2024 Newsletter

Summer is upon us, and our great state of Georgia continues to thrive. Even with 45-year high record inflation coming from Washington DC, our state is growing and has continued to have record low unemployment. In a time where most news reported is negative or sensationalized, please take a moment with me to appreciate and enjoy our many blessings…

Sen. John Albers Appointed to Senate Study Committees on Artificial Intelligence and the Welfare of All Individuals in Georgia’s Corrections Facilities

Sen. John Albers (R–Roswell) has been appointed to the Senate Study Committee on Artificial Intelligence, where he will serve as Chair, and to the Senate Supporting Safety and Welfare of All Individuals in Department of Corrections Study Committee. These appointments were made by Lt. Governor Burt Jones, emphasizing the importance of these critical areas during the interim between legislative sessions.

The Senate Study Committee on Artificial Intelligence will focus on reviewing current policies and practices related to the development and implementation of AI technologies within the state. As Chair, Sen. Albers will lead the committee in exploring innovative solutions and ensuring responsible AI governance to benefit all Georgians.

Simultaneously, the Senate Supporting Safety and Welfare of All Individuals in Department of Corrections Study Committee will evaluate the existing measures within the Department of Corrections. This committee aims to enhance the safety and well-being of individuals within Georgia’s correctional system, ensuring that policies are both humane and effective.

Sen. Albers expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming work, stating, “I’m thrilled to lead the Senate Study Committee on Artificial Intelligence and to contribute to the important discussions on the welfare of those within our state corrections facilities. These committees will tackle critical issues that have far-reaching implications for our state. I am deeply grateful to Lt. Governor Burt Jones for recognizing the importance of these topics and for giving us the opportunity to make a significant impact. Together, my Senate colleagues and I will work diligently to explore fresh perspectives from each of these areas as we prepare to craft legislation during the 2025 Legislative Session.”

Sen. Albers brings extensive experience to these roles, currently serving as the Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Public Safety. His leadership and insights will be invaluable as the committees undertake their comprehensive reviews. The appointed members are recognized experts in their fields, bringing diverse and knowledgeable perspectives to the discussions.

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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]

Sen. John Albers Celebrates Signing of Legislation to Support Public Safety in Georgia

Today, Sen. John Albers (R–Roswell) expressed gratitude for Governor Brian P. Kemp’s recent signing of crucial public safety legislation. These bills, including Senate Bill 335 and Senate Bill 472 take further steps to enhance safety measures and protect communities.

“Ensuring the safety and security of our communities is paramount. I am proud to see these important measures signed into law,” said Sen. Albers. “I would like to thank Lt. Governor Burt Jones and Governor Brian Kemp for their continued support of these initiatives throughout the duration of the legislative session. Governor Kemp’s signature represents our state’s unwavering commitment to protecting our citizens, our industries and supporting our law enforcement professionals to better serve all Georgians.”

Among the signed measures is SB 335, the “Safeguarding Adopted Children from Sexual Violence Act,” which will safeguard adopted children from sexual violence. This measure was brought forth by Cherokee County District Attorney, Susan K. Treadaway, a champion for children and public safety.

SB 472, the “Combating Organized Retail Crime Act,” was also signed into law last week. This measure will create protections for businesses to combat organized online retail crimes. 

“District Attorney Susan K. Treadaway has also been a champion for prosecution and educating others to battle against criminal street gangs and organized retail crim.”, said Sen. Albers.

“It is a priority of my office to eradicate all forms of organized crime in Cherokee County, and we are proud to work with retailers and law enforcement to identify and prosecute these offenders to the full extent of the law,” said District Attorney Susan K. Treadaway. “I would also like to thank Sen. Albers for introducing both pieces of legislation. We appreciate his partnership and efforts to ensure success in the prosecution of these types of crimes.”

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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]

Sen. John Albers Applauds Signage of Legislation to Support Small Business Success and Public Safety Across Georgia

Today, Sen. John Albers (R–Roswell) expressed gratitude for Governor Brian P. Kemp’s signing of crucial public safety and small business minded legislation. These bills, including Senate Bill 335, Senate Bill 472, Senate Bill 334, Senate Bill 328 and House Bill 808, take further steps to enhance safety measures, protect communities and promote small business success.

“Ensuring the safety and security of our communities is paramount. I am proud to see these important measures signed into law,” said Sen. Albers. “I would like to thank Lt. Governor Burt Jones and Governor Brian Kemp for their continued support of these initiatives throughout the duration of the legislative session. Governor Kemp’s signature represents our state’s unwavering commitment to protecting our citizens, our industries and supporting our law enforcement professionals and firefighters.”

Among the signed measures is SB 335, the “Safeguarding Adopted Children from Sexual Violence Act,” which will safeguard adopted children from sexual violence. This bill was brought forth by Cherokee County District Attorney, Susan K. Treadaway, a champion for children and public safety.

SB 472, the “Combating Organized Retail Crime Act,” will create protections for businesses to combat organized online retail crimes.  Sen. Albers extends his appreciation to the Georgia Retail Association, Home Depot, and other Georgia-based businesses for their support of this measure.

Additionally, SB 334, the “Helping Firefighters Beat Cancer Act,” provides assistance by revising insurance coverage for firefighters diagnosed with cancer. Sen. Albers is grateful for the Georgia Fire Chief’s and Firefighters Associations for their continued work and leadership in this arena.

Similarly, SB 328 establishes the Peace Officers’ Annuity and Benefit Fund, providing necessary financial assistance to all law enforcement, jailers and 911 dispatchers. Sen. Albers is thankful for Mr. Homer Bryon, the POAB Board of Directors and countless members of Georgia’s law enforcement, 911 dispatchers and jailers for their efforts during the legislative process.

Finally, HB 808 increases a statewide exemption for tangible personal property. This measure will now go before Georgians in November for a statewide vote as a constitutional amendment. Should the amendment pass, it would decrease the tax burden on all businesses, especially small businesses. Sen. Albers would like to thank the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and Rep. Mike Cheokas (R–Americus) for their efforts in helping small businesses in Georgia.

Sen. Albers emphasized his commitment to supporting small businesses, stating, “Any opportunity we have to protect small businesses is an opportunity to promote future economic development for our citizens. Georgia’s small businesses remain the backbone of our economy, and I am proud to contribute to the state’s ongoing success with this legislation.”

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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]

May 2024 Newsletter

Spring is in the air and our GA primary elections will be held later this month. Please take time to learn about the candidates and questions. I included links below to important information…

Senator Albers: Final Week (12) Under the Gold Dome

The 2024 Legislative Session has officially wrapped up, and from the get-go, Senate Republicans set ambitious goals for the session—to expand economic opportunities, foster an educated workforce, and enhance community safety, all aimed at ensuring the well-being of Georgians. I couldn’t be prouder of our accomplishments this session.

We wasted no time in tackling a range of legislative priorities, from tax relief to education, workforce development, and public safety. The Georgia Senate successfully provided $2 billion in tax relief for state-income taxpayers and homeowners through SB 349, putting money directly back into the pockets of hardworking Georgians. Additionally, SB 426, our tort reform legislation, safeguards Georgia businesses and curbs frivolous lawsuits that drive up insurance costs and hinder economic growth. We also took significant action by unanimously supporting Sen. Greg Dolezal’s SB 233, which offers school choice to students stuck in underperforming public schools.

Furthermore, we worked diligently to streamline regulations, passing several workforce development measures to expedite employment for various professionals and military spouses. And we didn’t stop there—we took a strong stance against gangs, violent criminals and rogue prosecutors with legislation like the “Safeguarding Adopted Children from Sexual Violence Act” and the “Combating Organized Retail Crime Act,” as well as various bills addressing illegal immigration.

Our commitment to Georgia’s future was evident this week, with the passage of several crucial bills. Most notably, we came together with the House to approve the state FY 2025 budget, ensuring essential funding for education, law enforcement, and mental health programs. Crafting this $36 billion budget was no small feat, but it reflects Georgia’s steadfast fiscal conservatism amidst federal spending recklessness. This budget prioritizes our children, allocating significant funds for literacy programs, pupil transportation, and school security grants. After all, our children are the future of Georgia, and they deserve nothing but the best from this body.

In addition to passing the budget, Senate Republicans passed legislation protecting vulnerable minors, Georgia elections, law enforcement vehicles, firearms carriers and motorists. House Bill 993 would create the felony offense of grooming a minor punishable by one to five years in prison. It also protects against the sexual exploitation of minors using digitally altered material. House Bill 959 would create the Victims of Human Trafficking Fund and the Victims of Human Trafficking Fund Commission. House Bill 974 requires the Office of the Secretary of State to establish and maintain a state-wide system for the posting of scanned paper ballots and expand the number of risk-limiting audits of races. House Bill 500 would create the offense of arson of a law enforcement vehicle. House Bill 1018, titled the “Georgia Firearms Industry Nondiscrimination Act” would require the use of a firearms code that distinguishes firearms retailers from other retailers. Lastly, House Bill 617 would develop and maintain a state-wide freight and logistics implementation plan. Each of these pieces of legislation serves a significant purpose in protecting Georgians every day, and I was proud to support them in the Senate chamber.

I am also proud to announce the passage of additional legislative priorities which I have either authored or carried, through both the House and Senate chambers. These priorities include House Bills 218, 500 and 1165. These legislative priorities will now advance to the desk of Governor Brian P. Kemp for his signature.

In summary, the 2024 Legislative Session was marked by significant achievements that will undoubtedly make Georgia stronger for generations to come. Thank you for your support and concern—it’s because of you that we can continue to work towards a better future for our state.

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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]

Sen. John Albers Applauds Senate’s Passage of HB 808

On Tuesday, Mar. 26th, House Bill 808 garnered unanimous approval from members of the Georgia Senate. Carried in the Senate by Sen. John Albers (R–Roswell), the bill aims to alleviate tax burdens on small businesses in Georgia. Specifically, it seeks to reduce taxes on tangible personal property, items that have traditionally been subjected to annual taxation, posing financial strains on businesses across the state.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of the Georgia economy,” said Sen. Albers. “I was so proud to work with NFIB and Rep. Cheokas to pass House Bill 808. This legislation lowers the tax burden, allowing our businesses to grow and thrive.”

Rep. Mike Cheokas (R–Americus), the bill’s sponsor, said, “This is a great day for business in Georgia. I want to thank Shaw Blackmon, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, for his continued support and guidance in getting this measure passed in the Georgia House of Representatives. I am equally grateful to the hard work of Sen. John Albers for navigating H.B. 808 through the Senate. This was a team effort. I hope this will be the first step in reducing the burden of high taxes and prohibitive regulations that adversely affect businesses in Georgia.”

The timing of the legislation is noteworthy, coinciding with record levels of inflation and government expenditure. Sen. Albers underscored the bill’s relevance in addressing the escalating costs associated with business ownership and operation, attributing these challenges to federal fiscal policies.

NFIB State Director Hunter Loggins released the following statement yesterday on HB 808.

“House Bill 808 raises the threshold for paying this onerous tax,” Loggins said. “Small businesses already pay sale taxes on equipment, desks, and other property. The tangible personal property tax means they’re paying taxes on the same items year after year. Raising the threshold for paying this tax would ease the financial pressure on employers struggling with inflation that continues to drive up the cost of owning and operating a small business.

With the bill awaiting Governor Brian P. Kemp’s signature, its journey is far from over. Given its implications for the State’s Constitution, the measure will undergo scrutiny from Georgia citizens in November, as it necessitates a constitutional amendment for enactment.

You can find more information on HB 808 here.

Quotes sourced from the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

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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]