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Anavitarte: Week Eleven Under the Gold Dome

By: Sen. Jason Anavitarte (R–Dallas)

As the 2024 Legislative Session nears its conclusion, the Georgia Senate is in the midst of its final days, with only one week left to address legislative matters. This last week marks the culmination of our collective efforts as a caucus and as individual legislators.

I’m pleased to announce the passage of House Bill 935, widely recognized as the “Back the Blue Act.” This measure establishes the Back the Blue Fund, providing bonuses to certified peace officers across Georgia. I stand in unwavering support of our law enforcement personnel and commend the Republican caucus for their backing of this vital legislation.

Furthermore, the Georgia Senate has taken significant steps regarding various tax-related proposals through House Bill 1015, a priority initiative for Governor Brian P. Kemp. This bill reduces the income tax rate from 5.49% to 5.39%, thereby promoting economic growth and prosperity. HB 1015 will enhance our economic landscape, ensuring Georgia remains a premier destination for business ventures.

We’ve taken further action against those looking to harm Georgia communities and undermine our national security. This week, Senate Republicans proudly passed House Bill 301 and House Bill 1105, showing our dedication to safety in all Georgia communities. HB 301 empowers residents to seek declaratory judgments against local governments with dangerous immigration sanctuary policies, while HB 1105 ensures local law enforcement cooperates with federal authorities on immigration law enforcement.

Moreover, we’ve passed several pieces of legislation specifically aimed at countering foreign adversaries threatening our national security and financial stability. Just this week, we passed House Bill 185, requiring Georgia’s University System to report funding from foreign adversaries. Additionally, I’m thrilled that Georgia’s House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 420, a bill I authored to prevent dangerous foreign entities from acquiring land near secure areas like military bases. As global security changes, Georgia must stay ready to adapt.

Each week, constituents, associations and organizations alike come to the Capitol to visit the Senate chamber. Senate members were honored to welcome the family and friends of Laken Riley, a former UGA student who was tragically murdered by an illegal immigrant who used our nation’s porous federal immigration policy to cause harm. I continue to pray for the family and friends of Laken, the Athens community and our state as we grieve this unimaginable and completely unnecessary loss. 

Please never hesitate to contact my office if I can assist with legislative matters as the 2024 Legislative Session enters its final week.


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