April 6 Speakers Mary Margaret Oliver & Steve Henson
Invocation - Tom Adams
Guests - Bob Keown of Emory Health Care guest of Rhonda Davidson
New Member - Mark Hastings introduced new member Daniel DeWoskin. Dan has his own law firm and "represents the under-represented."
From the Speaker - Judy Turner introduced our speakers, State Representative Mary Margaret Oliver and State Senator Steve Henson.
Our speakers highlighted actions of the 2012 General Assembly and spoke at length about the tax reform package which included, among other things, an elimination of the state sales tax on energy used in manufacturing as well as an elimination of the "birthday tax" on motor vehicles.
Representative Oliver addressed the challenges of a rising prison population and the unsustainable cost of incarcerating more and more people. She said, for example, that currently 3,200 people who are in prison for possession of drugs could be handled more effectively in drug courts and intensive probabion.
Senator Henson spoke about problems with the unemployment compensation trust fund and "a 2 1/2 billion dollar hole in it."
All in all, they reported that this assembly session passed a balanced budget that is 15% smaller than the 2008 budget.
|Mark Hastings with our new member Daniel DeWoskin|
|State Representative Mary Margaret Oliver|
|State Senator Steve Henson|
|Way to go Pete - Paul Harris Fellow + 4!|