An Update From Under the Gold Dome: Week Four

As the fourth week of the 2023 session winds down to a close, the Senate has a number of accomplishments we can build upon to continue a productive session. Not only did committees get down to work and begin the process of assessing assigned pieces of legislation, we also passed our first measure on the Senate floor.  

Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Public Safety held its first committee meeting of the session. As Chairman, we wasted no time getting right to work and quickly passed Senate Bill 11, known as the “Georgia Fights Terrorism Act.” Over the last few years, the jobs of our public safety officers has grown increasingly more difficult and complex and the issues we ask them to take on have an increased potential to turn violent. Over the past few weeks alone, we have witnessed riots in Atlanta which, unfortunately critically injured member of our public safety community. Please join me in praying for his speedy recovery.  SB 11 is not a response to this specific incident. Rather, it is a reaction to the growing threat posed to our law enforcement community by those who wish to use the veil of peaceful assembly to commit heinous acts of violence and destruction. SB 11 would allow the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to wither work independently of in coordination with other law enforcement agencies to aggressively investigate and arrest those involved in domestic, nuclear, chemical, biological, or cyber terrorism. I am proud to say that SB 11 was the first bill for the Senate in 2023 and successfully passed the Senate body and will now head to the House for consideration.

The House also had a busy week, passing House Bill 18, otherwise known as the Amended Budget for the 2023 Fiscal Year (AFY23), out of the House Appropriations Committee. This budget total about $36 billion and, specifically, includes several of Gov. Brian Kemp’s budgetary priorities. Notably, it includes $1 billion to reimburse Georgia’s property owners for property taxes, as well as $28 million for school safety improvements. Gov. Kemp has demonstrated a track record of considerate, conservative fiscal leadership when it comes to budgeting, and the AFY23 budget appears no different. Now that the HB has cleared its first hurdle in the House, it will now be sent to the full House for consideration. Once it revives passage from the House, it will be assigned to the Senate Appropriations Committee, and its affiliated subcommittees, to further analyze the intricacies of the budget.

As further evidence of Georgia’s continued economic growth, last week Gov. Kemp’s office announced that SK Battery would open an IT center in Roswell, creating around 200 jobs. This $18 million investment will have a lasting impact on our region and further solidify Georgia as not only the best state in which to do business, but also furthering our reputation as the premiere destination for high-tech corporations. I look forward to continuing to work with Gov. Kemp’s office and other stakeholders in order to bring additional economic development opportunities to District 56.

This week, we also welcomed former U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler to the Senate Chamber. Sen. Loeffler has continuously served the people of Georgia before, during, and after her service as a U.S. Senator. I am proud of all she has accomplished in such a relatively short political career and look forward to continuing to support her and her endeavors to promote conservative values across Georgia.

Next week, we expect discussions around the budget to increase as HB 18 makes its way through the final stages in the House. As Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, I look forward to examining in detail any budgetary items specifically related to these subject areas. If you have any questions about any legislation under consideration to this point, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office.

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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]

“Georgia Fights Terrorism Act” – First Bill to Pass Out of the Senate Chamber

Yesterday, Senate Bill 11, sponsored by Sen. John Albers (R – Roswell), passed with bipartisan support in the Senate Chamber. SB 11 is the first piece of legislation to pass out of the Senate in the 2023 Legislative Session. Also known as the “Georgia Fights Terrorism Act,” SB 11 would provide independent and concurrent jurisdiction to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) for crimes related to terrorism.

“Georgia has some of the strongest terrorism laws in the nation,” said Sen. Albers. “The safety and security of our citizens is of the utmost importance and with this legislation, we are able to continue to protect the well-being of all Georgians in the face of terrorism. The Senate body stands behind Georgia’s law enforcement agencies and the GBI and I am pleased to see this legislation make it across the finish line with bipartisan support.”

SB 11 passed through the Senate Committee on Public Safety by substitute the committee by substitute on January 26, 2023. SB 11 was then heard on the Senate Floor on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 and passed by substitute with a vote of 49 to 3. SB 11 is now headed to the House where it will undergo a similar process.

Follow this link to read the full text of the bill. 

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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]

January 2023 Newsletter

Happy New Year! On Monday, January 9th I was sworn in to continue my service to you in the Senate. I am grateful for the opportunity to help keep Georgia the #1 place to live, work, play and raise a family…

Senator John Albers Reinstated as Chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee

Senator John Albers (R – Roswell) was reinstated as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Safety for the 2023 Legislative Session. The Senate Committee on Assignments, chaired by Lt. Governor Burt Jones, is responsible for assigning the Senate body to committees.

The Senate Committee on Public Safety oversees legislation related to the security and safety of Georgia’s citizens. Additionally, the committee considers legislation related to the licensing of drivers and safety on state roads.

“I am honored to return as Chairman for the Senate Committee on Public Safety,” said Sen. Albers. “I want to thank Lt. Governor Burt Jones and the Committee on Assignments for their diligent efforts in assigning committees. I look forward to working with my colleagues in ensuring Georgian’s public safety is prioritized.”

In addition, Sen. Albers was appointed to serve as a member of the following Senate Committees:

 Vice Chairman – Finance
 Subcommittee Chairman – Appropriations
 Rules
 Regulated Industries and Utilities
 Government Oversight

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Sen. John Albers serves as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee. 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]

December 2020 Newsletter

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah & Happy New Year! Too often we are caught up in
“political correctness” and miss the reason for the season. I am proud to wish you great
tidings of joy and hope you will pass it along. To my Jewish friends let the lights lead your
way to a Happy Hanukkah…

November 2022 Newsletter

It has been another beautiful fall in Georgia. It reminds us of the changing seasons and wonderful blessings we all share in our great state. Like you, I will proudly cast my vote to keep Georgia the #1 place to live, work, play, and raise a family.

Election Results

Thank you for the great honor and privilege to serve you in elected office. I am humbled and overwhelmed to achieve another re-election victory. A very special thank you to my wife Kari, sons Will & Ryan, extended family, friends and volunteers for their unending support of me. You make the difference in every election and I am blessed.

We are all Americans and it has been a long election cycle filled with emotion and passion. Elections are a profound expression of our great republic and liberty. We should never take for granted our freedom of self-determination. Running for elected office is very difficult and I have the joys and scars of a few election cycles. Anyone who puts themselves forward to be placed on a ballot will endure a tremendous stress on themselves, families, friends and business. I respect and thank everyone who participated in the process.

Congratulations to those who won. I urge you to be magnanimous, build bridges and serve with honor. If you came up short on votes be sure to stay involved. There are many ways to serve your community. Please call personally to concede the race and find a time very soon to meet personally with your former opponent to find common ground and work together. After all, the goal of public service is just that – serving the public.

Thank you again for allowing me to serve you. Our greatest days are still ahead – God Bless Georgia & America!

Most sincerely,
John

October 2022 Newsletter

All election cycles bring excitement, frustration, and media attention. I view each race like a job interview looking for someone with the proper experience, values, and record. I am proud of Governor Brian Kemp along with the Georgia Senate & House for making us the #1 place to live, work, play, and raise a family.

September 2022 Newsletter

The fall is rapidly approaching, and it is great to see Georgia continuing to thrive. Do you remember 2 years ago or even last year? Most states were closed down, kids were unable to attend school in person and economies were faltering. Shutdowns were happening almost everywhere, but not in Georgia! Governor Brian Kemp opened our state safely and effectively by trusting people and businesses. We have been abundantly blessed by Governor Kemp’s bold leadership and have the lowest unemployment rate in state history at 2.8%!

Summer 2022 Newsletter

We are halfway through 2022 and it is good to see normalcy return after the pandemic. We are blessed to live in Georgia and I am very proud of Governor Brian Kemp and my fellow legislators for our proactive work to stay the #1 place to live, work, play and raise a family.