Saturday, March 8, 2014
- by Rep. John Deffenbaugh, Georgia House District 1
With six days to go . . .
House Bill 885 passed out of the House last week on its way to the Senate. This bill would allow, with many restrictions, the use of cannabidiol. This product could only be prescribed by medical research centers and medical doctors to possibly treat some extreme cases of seizer disorders that are not able to be controlled by the current medicines available.
House Bill 958 was passed out of the House, and if signed, would establish Aug. 1-2, 2014 as a tax holiday for back-to-school shoppers. This bill will provide financial relief for our citizens, and also encourage Tennessee and Alabama shoppers to shop in Georgia.
The Senate version of the 2014-15 budget with changes, was returned to the House for consideration. These changes will be looked at by the House Members this coming week. Making a balanced budget is the Georgia General Assembly’s only constitutional requirement. We will pass the budget and it will be balanced.
As we think through tough issues in the last six days of session, I hope that you will contact me to express your ideas and concerns. Working together, we can all be proud of living in Georgia. Please help me accomplish this. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you.