TAG Capitol Update: July 2015

July 2015

       

 TAG CAPITOL UPDATE          Technology: Where Georgia Leads


TAG Spotlights Technology Legislator of the Year

 

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, has named Georgia State Representative Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville) as the 2015 Technology Legislator of the Year. The honor is given annually to lawmakers who demonstrate support and understanding of Georgia’s technology issues and industry.

 

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TAG PAC Casino Night

 

Join TAG September 24th at 6:00pm for a Casino Night to benefit the TAG PAC. We'll have roulette, poker and more to keep you moving throughout the night. Participants will receive funny money at registration in the denominations listed in the below link and will receive playing chips from your dealer when you step up your table of choice and pay with your funny money. Need a little help with the game? The highly experienced dealers will guide you through all of the options of play and the best strategies for play.

 

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TAG Featured Speaker Congressman Barry Loudermilk

 

Congressman Barry Loudermilk, a Constitutional Conservative, represents Georgia’s 11th Congressional District, which includes all of Bartow and Cherokee counties as well as portions of Cobb and Fulton counties. Join TAG August 4th 7:30am at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce to hear from Rep. Loudermilk discuss cyber security and the role and actions of the Federal Government to combat cyber threats.

 

  

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2015 Georgia State Legislative Special Elections Update

 

As of July 2015, eight seats have been vacated in the Georgia State House of Representatives in 2015. Two vacancies have been filled. Bradford Jay Rafensperger won the runoff election for District 50 and Trey Rhodes won for District 120 February 3, 2015. Read more to view updates on the other 6 vacant Georgia House of Representative seats.  

  

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Jon Burns Elected House Majority Leader & Bruce Williamson Elected Secretary Treasurer

 

Representative Jon Burns of Newington was elected as Majority Leader to replace O’Neal who resigned to become the chief judge on the Georgia Tax Tribunal, and defeating Representative Allen Peake of Macon. Because Peake had to resign his position as majority Secretary / Treasurer, an election for that position was also held. Representative Bruce Williamson of Monroe defeated Rep. Mike Dudgeon of Johns Creek for that seat.   

  

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Georgia Invest in Manufacturing Engineers

 

Georgia is investing in developing engineering professionals who can take leadership roles in the manufacturing industry. To help grow these engineering professionals here in Georgia, the Board of Regents has approved a new manufacturing engineering bachelor's degree program in the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology at Georgia Southern University.   

  

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Export-Import Bank Expires

 

The Export-Import Bank Charter expired June 30th, the first time it has lapsed since its founding in 1934. The Ex-Im Bank cannot make any new loans it is funded through September 30th and will continue to service more than $100 billion in loans and guarantees that are presently in the pipeline. While the bank financed only about 2% of all U.S. export sales in 2014, this 2% represented $27.5 billion in sales and supported 164,000 jobs. We continue to urge membership to reach out to members of Congress to insist that the charter be brought up for a vote as soon as possible, and that the bank is reauthorized. Click below to take action and send a support letter to your congressmen. 

  

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Trade Promotion Authority Bill Heads to the President's Desk


In recent years, negotiation of new trade agreements has proceeded amidst uncertainty, because Trade Promotion Authority expired in 2007 had not been renewed by Congress until now.  By re-instating TPA, Congress has provided a framework for the Administration to submit trade agreements to Congress for an up or down vote.  The Senate will not be able to filibuster them, and lawmakers will not have the power to amend them. Without this structure, Congress’ consideration of trade agreement could become bogged down with amendments requiring any agreement to be re-negotiated with multiple countries. 

  

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In This Issue

State:


TAG Spotlights Technology Legislator of the Year

TAG PAC Casino Night

TAG Featured Speaker Congressman Barry Loudermilk

2015 Georgia State Legislative Special Elections Update


Jon Burns Elected House Majority Leader & Bruce Williamson Elected Secretary Treasurer


Georgia Invests in Manufacturing Engineers

 


 Federal:

Export-Import Bank Expires

Trade Promotion Authority Bill Heads to the President's Desk

 

TAG Capitol Contacts


Tino Mantella

President & CEO
Tino@tagonline.org
(404) 920 - 2027


Heather Maxfield
Vice President, Government Relations & Statewide
Heather@tagonline.org
(404) 920 - 2022


Joseph Santoro
Director of External Affairs
Joseph@tagonline.org
(404) 526 - 6049

 

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