05 Feb GA Legislative News Week 4
Week four of the Georgia Legislative Session wrapped up on Thursday afternoon with legislators heading back to their districts after a busy week in Atlanta. The Senate Appropriations process was in full swing as Senators were reviewing the recently passed House budget and working to include their priorities in the state’s amended FY 21 spending. The Senate appropriations subcommittee for Agriculture and Natural Resources, chaired by Senator Larry Walker, worked long hours to find the much needed funding that is vital to our industry. We expect to see the Senate version on the floor for debate early next week.
With very few other bills being debated openly in committees this week, much of the groundwork for legislation was happening behind the scenes. GAC staff continued working with legislators and state leaders on several key priority issues involving COVID-19 liability, Georgia’s tax code, dairy industry, veterinarians, private property rights, labor force, and others.
The Agribusiness Council (who represents the GVMA) met with staff in the Governor’s office and Department of Public Health to express our concerns regarding the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine to veterinarians and all essential agribusiness workers in the 1B group.