As you have been enjoying the remaining days of summer, bills have been passed and created in the Georgia legislature that you should know about. In a newsletter sent Monday, Georgia Representative Jody Hice gave a summary of these acts of legislation that were carried out last week. Without further ado, here’s what has happened:
• Last Tuesday, S. 488, the JOBS and Investor Confidence Act, was passed with bipartisan support. In Hice’s words, this is “a comprehensive package of bills designed to cut through red tape and make it easier for our job creators to grow their businesses.” More specifically, it significantly improves the ability of emerging biotech companies to invest more of their funding into advancing biomedical research instead of complying with “costly and unnecessary regulatory requirements,” according to this Business Wire article.
• Last Wednesday, Rep. Hice voted in favor of H. Res. 990, which in his words, “expresses the House of Representative’s support of our ICE officers and personnel.” It passed by a vote of 244-35 with 133 House Democrats voting “present.” According to Hice, “[t]his is a procedure in which members cast a vote that is neither yes or no, and in this case, represents a refusal to stand with those defending our borders.”
• Also, last Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee marked-up several pieces of legislation, including H.R. 6391, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) Reauthorization Act, a bill Rep. Hice introduced to address civil service reform, specifically making it easier to fire poorly performing government employees. If passed, the MSPB Reauthorization Act would “reauthorize the MSPB, an independent and quasi-judicial agency within the executive branch that oversees the management and appeals of its roughly two million employees, while also enacting much-needed reforms to speed up the glacial appeals process, limit the amount of frivolous appeals, and bolster justified personnel actions.” The bill was reported favorably in the Oversight Committee with a vote of 20-12.
• Finally, last Thursday, Rep. Hice supported H.R. 6147, the Department of the Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act of 2019, which “provides for critical infrastructure programs, reins in overreaching policies by the EPA and other agencies, and streamlines multiple processes within public land management agencies, among many other provisions.” He also mentioned that the Waters of United States rule, which he described as “a misguided attempt by the Obama-era EPA to put everyone’s backyard under federal control” is incorporated into this legislation.
If you think that’s a lot of legislation, you should see the list of bills to be voted on this week.