Georgia Governor Brian Kemp this week announced his administration’s floor leaders for the 2022 legislative session.
Floor leaders generally promote the governor’s interests in the legislative chamber.
Kemp, in an emailed press release, named the following Georgia House of Representatives’ floor leaders:
• Representative Josh Bonner (R-Fayetteville)
• Representative Jodi Lott (R-Evans)
• Representative Lauren W. McDonald III (R-Cumming)
• Representative Steven Meeks (R-Screven)
Kemp identified the following people as 2022 Georgia State Senate floor leaders:
• Senator Clint Dixon (R-Gwinnett)
• Senator Russ Goodman (R-Cogdell)
• Senator Bo Hatchett (R-Cornelia)
Georgia legislators are scheduled to convene on January 10, 2022, and adjourn on March 31, 2022, according to Ballotpedia.
Among the session’s previously publicized priorities:
• Members of the Newnan-based Frontline Policy Action last month announced their legislative priorities for the 2022 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Those policies include fighting what they call “radical indoctrination in the classroom.” Frontline Policy President Cole Muzio said he and members of his group want state legislators to ban Critical Race Theory (CRT) from local curriculums.
• Members of the Georgia Department of Education (GDOE) last month announced their priorities for the 2022 session of the Georgia General Assembly. The GDOE, among other things, wants Georgia students to focus more on civics and to give parents more power to decide what’s best for their children’s health.
• Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) in August proposed spending $3 million in additional state law enforcement resources to fight Atlanta’s worsening crime problem. Ralston said state legislators will consider his proposals during the 2022 legislative sessions appropriations process.
Ralston said this week that members of the state’s GOP will suffer a “bloodbath” in 2022 if they continue to allege that voter fraud occurred during the 2020 elections. Ralston has proposed adding funding for 20 additional state trooper positions. At an annual cost of approximately $2 million, these positions would go to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s SWAT and Nighthawks DUI task forces which concentrate their work in and around the City of Atlanta.
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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Brian Kemp” by Governor Brian Kemp. Background Photo “Georgia State Capitol” by DXR. CC BY-SA 4.0.