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 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.

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…

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 …

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.