“We are all expecting this to be a rather quick session with the primary date being moved up to May this year,” he said about the May 20 federal primary, which the state is expected to follow, shortening the amount of time representatives and senators have to campaign this year.
The Legislature’s sole mandate every year, by law, is to approve a state budget.
“The biggest focus will be on the only thing we have to address – the budget,” Strickland said.
Strickland said there may be more funds, instead of cuts, on the horizon for schools.
“With revenues beginning to rise, I hope that we will see any additional funds available going toward education,” he said.
Strickland said he has several pieces of legislation to introduce
“I will be working on two bills aimed to protect the property rights of our citizens as the FDIC and capital groups that took advantage of our real estate bust begin to push new construction in Henry County,” he said.
Strickland will also follow up on bills introduced in the 2013 session.
“I will be continuing to push [House Bill] 464,” Strickland said about a measure to insure adherence to homeowners’ association covenants, co-sponsored by District 109 State Rep. Dale Rutledge, R-McDonough, and District 110 State Rep. Andy Welch, R-McDonough.
Strickland said he will be “taking the lead” on HB 344, also introduced last session, which will establish the fair market value of property under foreclosure.
“I will also continue to work on HB 518 to address school bus safety and will be looking into the possibility of new legislation to address the exploitation of certain criminal records that we attempted to take on with HB 150 last year,” he said.