Congratulations to Senator Elect Sally Harrell and Representative Elect Mike Wilensky.
Here is a brief summary of the Nov. 6 ballot questions. You can access summaries and the actual ballot language on the Secretary of State’s website. I will be happy to forward you additional explanation if you would like.
I reviewed “On The Issues” I had listed prior to January on senatorfranmillar.com and am pleased to report almost all that I felt were critical passed and are on their way to the Governor for his signature to become law.
This week I thought it might be helpful to comment on bills of particular interest at the local level.
I appreciate the support I have received for voicing my opposition to elected officials granting themselves a raise during their current term of office. To say I targeted three women Commissioners in DeKalb, even though one male Commissioner and the CEO would also have been affected, is absu…
The highlight of last week was the passage of HB 918 – the annual tax code update and the first cut in our state income tax in eighty years.
It was a very busy week in the legislature with day 28 (Crossover) today.
The legislative session is now over halfway done and the pace is picking up.
It was a meaningful week in the Senate with several major health initiatives.
This first week of session, I co-sponsored the legislation SB 275 that caps the increase in a home’s value of 3 percent or at the consumer price index, whichever is lower, as respects the value used for school taxes in Fulton County. This is already being done for residents of Sandy Springs …
There will be three ballot initiatives that I worked on with DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond. I will be voting yes on all three.
In this column I have clarified some earlier comments I previously made on Facebook. Also it was brought to my attention there is now a fictitious Fran Millar Facebook site with many half truths and outright falsehoods. This is not a hack, but a deliberate political smear. Guess the oppositi…
I wanted to give a brief summary of what I considered the significant legislation of the 2017 session.
It was a busy week in the Senate with passage of only bill we must do by law – the FY 2018 General Budget.
Crossover day has passed and theoretically a bill that did not pass either the House or the Senate is dead for this session.
One of the major areas that I am involved in is monitoring DeKalb County and DeKalb County Schools as respects to legislation. In other words playing defense against legislation I believe is not in the best interest of my constituents.
Before I cover last week’s legislation I want to cover my only comment to out of state friends on the Super Bowl. Lady Gaga’s performance was outstanding – end of story.
The highlights for the first two weeks of the General Assembly were the Governor’s State of the State message, the proposed Amended 2017 budget (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017) and the proposed General 2018 budget (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018).
I thought it might be interesting to do an unofficial election recap of the 40th district. I only used DeKalb because it represented 77 percent of my vote total. Fulton vote total is 8 percent and Gwinnett vote total is 15 percent.
I will be voting Yes on DeKalb County Homestead Exemption Act 264, House Bill 596 and on all the Constitutional amendments.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has announced several Senate and Joint Study Committee appointments. These study committees, created with the passage of both Senate and House Resolutions during the 2016 Legislative Session, will examine and analyze a host of issues affecting Georgia citizens. The findi…
I just experienced my tenth election to the General Assembly and for the first time used paid people to help get out the vote the last few days prior to the election.
Dear District 79 constituents and friends:
This is the second of a two-part series on what passed the General Assembly in 2016.
I will summarize the major legislation of the 2016 session over the next two weeks:
Two days to go! Two bills I sponsored - SB 258 – can’t raise assessments. SB 378 – eliminate CEO position - have both passed out of House committees and hopefully will receive votes on the House floor.
This past week’s effort was made to try to move House bills out of Senate committees so that the House bills would be eligible for the Rules committee to place them on the Senate floor.
I appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight on Senate Bill 378.
Last week was a great win for DeKalb and Fulton citizens.
It was a busy week in the State Senate and there were several interesting developments.
I have had a number of questions concerning the proposed tax allocation district (TAD) for the GM site (Assembly).
Week two of the Georgia General Assembly 2016 legislative session was budget week. While we were in session, the primary focus was on appropriations.
The General Assembly is back in session and the week’s highlight was Governor Deal’s State of the State Address. There were no surprises in his remarks and his emphasis will be on implementing recommendations from the Education Reform Commission over the next two years.
When an individual runs for public office, the person hopes to make a difference in people’s lives via public policy.
I thought it might be helpful to give people the facts as respects the Federal (not state) refugee resettlement program.
For the past two years I have worked with Attorney Walter Hotz (appeals @boetaxappeals.com) to level the playing field for homeowners and businesses when they appeal their property tax valuations.
This is a thought provoking article written by Dr. Gene Bottoms, Senior Vice President for Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). While you may not agree with all the points, there certainly are lessons to be learned.
Below are the major bills that were passed in the 2015 General Assembly Legislative Session:
Now the session begins! I am going to make some assumptions since it is early Monday morning.
This past week was crossover week at the Capitol. The following bills were passed out of the Senate:
As we move towards Day 28 of the legislative session, things have begun to pick up over the past two weeks.
As we complete our third week of session, below are the items we covered:
My committees for the upcoming legislative session are chairman for Higher Education, secretary of Health & Human Services, Education & Youth and Rules.
Last week I attended the Biennial Institute for legislators at UGA and one of the presentations included some interesting facts that I felt are worth sharing:
Below for your review is a financial synopsis of where we are in Georgia as of the end of October:
In last week’s article I covered the three amendments that you will be asked to vote on the 2014 November ballot with a breakdown of the impact of each amendment. I felt further details on Amendment C were needed to help you understand the details of this amendment.
In advance of early voting I thought it would be helpful to give my perspective on the three constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot.
It appears from the following article by the nonpartisan Secretary of the Senate’s office that Sen. Carter’s idea of a separate education budget may not be a good approach for Georgia.
Everyone should be concerned about where Georgia public education ranks in our country. The National Assessment of Educational Congress (NAEP) currently is the common metric for all states.
How ironic! Michele Obama comes to town and Chicago politics comes to DeKalb.
The 2014 General Assembly ended with the passage of a $20.8 billion budget to run the state for the period July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015 and featured the first sizable increase in K-12 education spending in over 6 years.