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Update from the Capitol - 1/12/18

Senator Tyler HarperBy: Sen. Tyler Harper (R- Ocilla)

The Georgia General Assembly began the second half of the 154th biennial term on Monday, January 8, 2018.

Earlier this week, Senators received their committee assignments. I am proud to say that I will now serve as Chairman of the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee. While I am excited to serve in this new capacity, I am grateful for the experiences and relationships I formed as chairman of the Public Safety Committee. The concerns of public safety will continue to be at the forefront of my thoughts, even in my new capacity. I will now serve as Vice-Chairman of the Public Safety Committee and will continue to serve on the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs and Appropriations committees. I’m looking forward to ensuring that all bills that come across the committees I serve on will receive all the proper attention and vetting.


On Wednesday evening, we celebrated one of the events I look forward to each year: the Okefenokee Occasion. The event is held at the Freight Depot across the street from the Capitol and is a celebration of the culture and the economic contributions of the Okefenokee region of our state. We had many lawmakers and other visitors stop by for food, fellowship, and conversation.  It’s always great to have so many individuals from our district in Atlanta for this event each year to showcase and discuss issues that are facing our part of the state.

Thursday, we held a joint session in the House Chamber to hear Gov. Nathan Deal’s final State of the State address. Under Gov. Deal’s tenure, our state has experienced rapid economic growth and this year will be no different. His speech outlined initiatives from infrastructure to education that I’m sure the General Assembly will address in the coming months.

I also want to invite any individual from District 7 wishing to serve as a page to reach out my office. This is a very special opportunity where students over the age of twelve will serve as pages on the Senate floor delivering messages between the folks out in the hall and senators. This is a great educational opportunity for you to see you state government in action and is an experience you will never forget.

I am humbled you have placed your faith in me to represent District 7 at the Georgia State Capitol. Please feel free to contact my office at any time to talk about pending legislation or address other concerns in our district – my door and phone lines are always open. I encourage groups who are interested in visiting the Capitol to call my office at 404.463.5263 to set up a date and time. I look forward to personally welcoming you to the Capitol!