by Robin Kemp
The 2022 session of the Georgia Assembly kicked off Monday morning with Gov. Brian Kemp’s declaration that today is Hunker Down Day for the University of Georgia Bulldogs as they take on against the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.
Both houses were scheduled to convene at 10 a.m.
“Is it not true that the Dawgs are gonna win tonight?” asked Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, who then declared the Senate stood adjourned at 10:33 a.m. until Wednesday.
Here’s a look at prefiles by House members of the Clayton County Legislative Delegation:
Rep. Kim Schofield (D-60) is sponsoring a bill, HB 31, that would allow legislators to get public records from a state agency without having to pay Open Records fees “when such request is made in writing by the member who affirmatively indicates that such information is sought in furtherance of his or her legislative duties or to render constituent services and is signed by the member. The lawful custodian shall provide copies of such records to the requesting member of the General Assembly unless the records are exempt from disclosure under this article.” The bill comes after the delegation’s battle royal with the Georgia Department of Labor over constituents’ inability to get unemployment checks or reach anyone to resolve their problems.
Rep. Debra Bazemore (D-63) has prefiled a bill, HB 51, that would prevent municipal governing bodies of seven or more members from giving themselves a raise of 20% or more without a referendum. Fulton County’s Board of Commissioners has seven members.