Lt. Gov. Cagle Highlights 2016 Legislative Achievements

April 6, 2016

(ATLANTA)- Last month the Georgia General Assembly concluded the 2016 Legislative Session, adjourning Sine Die just after midnight on the 40th day of the legislature. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and the Senate Majority Caucus set an ambitious agenda in January to address numerous concerns of Georgia citizens, taking decisive action to realize long lasting legislative solutions.

“Each session presents its own unique set of opportunities and challenges that demand a great deal of attention from the legislature,” said Lt. Gov. Cagle. “The Senate Majority Caucus was steadfast in their commitment to the people of this great state, addressing a whole host of issues: reducing tax burdens; protecting teachers’ ability to teach; providing positive alternative to abortions; easing the financial burden facing parents of disabled children; and encouraging economic development and job creation. I’m proud of the Senate’s diligent efforts on behalf of all Georgians as we worked to ensure our state remains a top destination to raise a family and conduct business for years to come.”

The 2016 Majority Caucus legislative agenda and accompanying legislation are as follows:

Protecting Georgia Citizens – The Senate Majority Caucus conducted a comprehensive assessment of Georgia’s anti-terrorism plan and any potential safety vulnerabilities; and, in response to such findings, provided the necessary level of funding and appropriate legislative response to enhance the state’s safeguards against potential terrorist attacks within Georgia (Senate Bill 416).

Protecting Access to Care – As we work to protect access to care for all Georgians, the Senate addressed the rural healthcare needs by focusing on series of tax credits intended to encourage workforce development, improve access to telemedicine, expand EMS services and increase access and quality of care (Senate Bill 258).

Protecting Teachers Ability to Teach – As the Senate Majority Caucus works to improve the quality of education in order to support a vibrant economy, we enhanced flexibility for testing requirements, allowing our educators to focus more of their time and energy on teaching (Senate Bill 364).

Protecting the First Amendment – The Senate stood united and remains committed to the protection of the First Amendment freedoms for all Georgians (House Bill 757).

Protecting the Future of the Disabled – The Senate Majority Caucus eased the financial strains faced by individuals with disabilities and their families by making a tax-free account available to cover qualified expenses such as education, housing and transportation (ABLE Act/House Bill 768).

Protecting the Unborn – The Senate worked to protect the unborn by expanding women’s access to pregnancy resource centers and their counseling and family planning services (Senate Bill 308).

Protecting Small Businesses – The Senate Majority Caucus continued the tradition of protecting a small business’ ability to guard against government intrusion and overreach while further promoting Georgia’s status as the best state to conduct business.

Lt. Gov. Cagle and members of the Senate will use the interim in between legislative sessions to discuss and examine various issues, conducting a series of study committees designed to give the public direct input on public policy initiatives.