November 13, 2018
The General Assembly returned to the State Capitol today under rainy skies and with a somber tone for a rare lame-duck Special Legislative Session. Called back to Atlanta by Governor Deal in part to provide for emergency funding for South Georgians struggling to recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, legislators arrived to also learn of the passing of one of their own, House Rules Chairman John Meadows (R-Calhoun). More on Chairman Meadow’s life of service, as well as details on Governor Deal’s funding proposal, inside today’s #GoldDomeReport.
Inside this issue:
Governor Deal Proposes $270M in Emergency Funding in Hurricane Michael’s Aftermath
In response to the catastrophic damage to public and private property caused by Hurricane Michael in October, the House of Representatives introduced HB 1 EX today, Governor Deal’s $270M spending proposal to address urgent needs in Southwest Georgia. According to the Governor’s Office, Hurricane Michael caused an estimated $2.5 billion in losses to Georgia’s agriculture and timber industries alone, and the spending proposal is aimed at providing funding for agencies responding to the disaster and for “economic development projects of statewide significance.” The $270M in funds originates from an increase to the Governor’s revenue estimate for FY2019 based on increased tax collections since the budget was passed in the spring. Governor Deal has proposed that the funds be allocated as follows:
The spending proposal also includes several allocations unrelated to hurricane relief, including:
Additional information about the budget proposal can be found here.
House, Senate Majority Caucuses Elect Leaders for 2019-2020 Session
While under the Gold Dome, the majority caucuses in the House and Senate took the opportunity to hold organizational meetings with their newly-elected members. Each caucus also elected their leadership for the coming legislative session. House Majority Caucus leaders will include:
The House Majority Caucus will also nominate Rep. David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) for re-election as Speaker of the House, and Rep. Jan Jones (R-Milton) for re-election as Speaker Pro Tempore.
Senate Majority Caucus leaders will include:
The Senate Majority Caucus will also nominate Sen. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville) for re-election as President Pro Tempore.
IN MEMORIAM: Chairman John Meadows
Legislators and lobbyists arrived at the State Capitol today to the sad news that a giant in the House had passed away. Representative John Meadows (R-Calhoun), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, died at his home early this morning, just before the legislature was set to convene for its Special Legislative Session. Chairman Meadows will be remembered as an ardent patriot, thoughtful and deliberate legislator, and a loving husband, father, and grandfather. His obituary and arrangements are included below:
Georgia State Representative John Dudley Meadows III
Georgia State Representative John Dudley Meadows, III, age 74 of Calhoun, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at his residence.
John was born on August 28, 1944 in Gordon County to the late John Dudley Meadows, Jr. and Doris Esther Scott “Scottie” Meadows.
John was a graduate of Calhoun High School, Class of 1962, and attended West Georgia College. He served on the City Council for sixteen years, and of thirteen of those years he was the Mayor of Calhoun. He continued his political career by representing Gordon County in the Georgia House of Representatives District 5. He has maintained this position since 2004. He was Chairman of the House Rules Committee. He also served on multiple committees including the following: Labor Committee, Insurance Committee, Retirement Committee, and Game, Fish and Parks Committee. John was a member of Calhoun First Baptist Church, and was owner and operator alongside his son, B.J. of Northwest Georgia Benefits. He served in the United States Marine Corps.
John is survived by: his wife, Marie Knight Meadows; son, B.J. Meadows and his wife Cindy; daughter, Missy Richards; two brothers, Scott Meadows and his wife Judy, and Michael Meadows and his wife Patti all of Calhoun; three grandchildren, Will Meadows, Patrick Meadows, and Max Richards.
Funeral Services will be conducted on Saturday, November 17th at 2 PM at Calhoun First Baptist Church with Dr. Bert Vaughn and Dr. John Barber officiating. Interment will follow in Fain Cemetery with military rites.
Pallbearers serving include: Cliff Meadows, Ashley Williams, Jason Holland, Brandon Reese, Michael Meadows, and Tommy Prather.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 11 AM until the funeral hour at 2 PM at Calhoun First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in memory of John, be made to the Boys and Girls Club at 10001 South Wall Street, Calhoun, GA 30701.
You may leave the family online condolences at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com
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