Williams Applauds Landmark Criminal Justice Reform Bill Signed into Georgia Law

May 3, 2012

ATLANTA (May 2, 2012) –Today, President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams (R-Lyons) applauded Governor Nathan Deal’s dedication to criminal justice reform in Georgia at a special bill signing ceremony for SB 1176, a comprehensive sentencing and corrections reform bill. The landmark legislation will strengthen penalties for violent and career criminals, provide more effective punishments for low-level […]


President Pro-Tempore Releases Statement on Passage of SB 316

February 24, 2012

ATLANTA (February 23, 2012) – President Pro-Tempore Tommie Williams (R-Lyons) released the following statement applauding the passage of SB 316:  “Protecting the most innocent and defenseless in our society is absolutely necessary,” said Sen. Tommie Williams. “I am proud of Senator Bethel for crafting legislation that will lengthen the time a victim has to report […]


President Pro-Tempore Releases Statement on Passage of Mid-Year Budget

February 23, 2012

ATLANTA (February 23, 2012) – President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams  (R-Lyons) released the following statement regarding the passage of the mid-year budget. The mid-year budget, HB 741, passed with a vote 51- 1. “I am proud to continue working alongside my colleagues to produce a fiscally responsible, balanced budget,” said President Pro-Tempore Tommie Williams.  “Each year, […]


The People’s Business: Legislature Getting Down to Work

February 3, 2012

The 2012 General Assembly just completed its fourteenth legislative day this week. I wanted to take a chance to update you on some of the bigger news items going on in the state Senate. We began the week by working towards efficient government with the passage of SB 223, also known as the Georgia Government […]


The People’s Business: The Start of Session

January 19, 2012

Last week, legislators from across our great state gathered at the State Capitol to begin the 2012 legislative session. Since our last session, our economy has begun to show signs of healing and stabilization. However, we are not out of the woods yet, so our focus needs to continue to be on job creation. Citizens […]


First Bills of Session Passed

January 14, 2012

Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) sponsored a bill that allows the State School Superintendent to hire and fire all employees at the Georgia Department of Education and State Schools for the Deaf and Blind. Other provisions include allowing the State Board of Education to overturn the Superintendent’s hiring or firing with a 2/3 vote, and the […]


Redistricting and Reapportionment

January 12, 2012

Every ten years since the foundation of America, a national census is conducted to count the total population. Steeped in tradition and codified in our Constitution, the first national census was conducted under the supervision of the nation’s first Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson. Under Article 1, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, the […]


Sen. Williams Votes to Cut Gas Tax

August 24, 2011

ATLANTA (Tuesday, August 23, 2011) – Today, President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams (R- Lyons) voted to ratify Governor Nathan Deal’s Executive Order freezing the state’s gas tax, creating a beneficial tax break for Georgia families during the state’s hard economic times. “Today we took a vital step toward supporting our constituents and alleviating the growing […]


Residents cover wide range of state issues with senators

July 19, 2011

Rhonda Gladden had to leave the meeting early for a funeral visitation, so she jumped up quickly to speak her mind about property assessments. “I have one concern in my life, and that is I can maintain the property that I own,” said the Clarkesville woman. “And property tax, it seems, consumes my life.” Gladden […]


Georgia Sees Job Growth

April 18, 2011

By Dan Chapman, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution April 19 Georgia’s jobless rate in March continued its decline from peak levels, notching a 10 percent rate that economists expect will return to single digits as 2011 rolls along. The jobless rate was 10.2 percent in February and 10.4 percent in December. Not since June of last year […]