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Update from the Capitol - 1/17/2020

SenatorTylerHarperrsBy: Sen. Tyler Harper (R- Ocilla)


This Monday marked the beginning of the second session of the 155th Georgia General Assembly. Members of the Georgia Senate and House of Representatives eagerly retuned to the Gold Dome to get to work on passing legislation to improve the lives of all Georgians. The first day of session typically consists of largely ceremonial procedures and actions, but on Monday the Senate took a moment to reflect on something bigger than any one piece of legislation.


In the middle of our morning roll call, the Senate held a moment of silence for one of our own who could not be with us. Sen. Greg Kirk was a fellow south Georgian and a powerful and influential voice in his district. But most importantly, he was a friend to me and to every person who had the privilege to meet him. My prayers are with Sen. Kirk’s family during this time and the Senate body joins the rest of the state in mourning the passing of our colleague and friend.

Wednesday, I received an invitation to visit the White House for the signing of the Phase One Agreement with China. This new measure will make it easier for Georgia’s farmers to export their goods to China by removing various barriers to trade, such as lower tariffs, and will undoubtedly open up countless potential business opportunities for Georgians. I was proud to attend this important occasion and look forward to seeing how our agriculture community benefits as a result.

On Thursday, Governor Brian Kemp outlined his legislative priorities for the session in his annual State of the State address. In this speech, Gov. Kemp emphasized the progress our state has made since last year and reinforced his commitment to combating gangs and human trafficking. He also reiterated the commitment he made last year for our educators by following through with an additional $2,000 pay raise for Georgia’s teachers. I look forward to working with the Governor’s Office on these proposals and others to continue to make Georgia as great as it can be.

As the session begins to get underway, I want to encourage anyone interested in serving as a Senate Page on a legislative day to reach out to my office. Serving as a Page gives students and young people a unique inside look into the inner workings of state government by relaying messages to Senators on the Senate Floor. This is an exciting opportunity that I hope all interested individuals participate in.

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!

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Sen. Tyler Harper serves as Chairman of the Natural Resources and the Environment Committee. He represents the 7th Senate District which includes Atkinson, Bacon, Ben Hill, Berrien, Coffee, Irwin, Pierce and Ware counties and portions of Charlton and Wilcox counties.  He may be reached at 404.463.5263 or via email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .