Bartow GOP Opens New Headquarters!

It is always great to see our party grow. Today the Bartow Republican Party held an open house at the new HQ with members, friends, representatives of campaigns, and new visitors.

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Sen. Bruce Thompson Receives High Marks on the Georgia Chamber’s Legislative Scorecard

Bruce Thompson receives an A+ from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

ATLANTA (May 5, 2014): Sen. Bruce Thompson (R – White) has received an ‘A+’ grade on the Georgia Chamber’s 2014 legislative scorecard. The Georgia Chamber’s scorecard recognizes legislators that supported pro-business initiatives during the recent legislative session.

Bruce Thompson Georgia Chamber Grade“It is an honor to be recognized by the Georgia Chamber for my efforts to strengthen Georgia’s business community,” said Sen. Thompson. “As a member of the Senate Economic Development Committee and local businessman, it has been a privilege working with the Georgia Chamber to bring opportunities for job growth and economic investment to our state.”

“Decisions Georgia legislators make while serving in the General Assembly have long-term impacts on our state’s economic prospects,” said Georgia Chamber president and CEO Chris Clark.  “Receiving a high score on the Georgia Chamber’s scorecard confirms a lawmaker’s commitment to passing job creation and economic development measures.  We commend Sen. Thompson for his support of Georgia’s business community.”

Initiatives enhancing Georgia’s competitiveness through economic development, legal reform, business and industry, environment and energy, and education were designated as scorecard issues by the Georgia Chamber Government Affairs Council prior to the start of the 2014 legislative session. Each legislator’s grade reflects an assessment of his or her support for pro-business legislation and the business community.

To view the Georgia Chamber’s 2014 legislative scorecard, CLICK HERE.


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Sen. Bruce Thompson represents the 14th Senate District, which includes portions of Cherokee, Bartow and Cobb counties. He may be reached at 404-656-0065


Gold Dome Update: Sine Die

The 2014 Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly adjourned at midnight on Thursday, March 20. The final day of session, also known as Sine Die, means “without assigning a day for further meeting or hearing.”

Even though the Senate has finished its work until next January, our work as elected officials will not stop. Throughout the rest of the year, I will continue to research issues of importance and meet with constituents about concerns in Senate District 14.

One of the most important pieces of legislation passed this year was the Fiscal Year 2015 General Budget. A final version of HB 744 was negotiated by a conference committee of legislators from both chambers and set at $20.8 billion. The budget includes around $916 million of new revenue for education expenses and allocates $35 million to complete the state’s portion of the $652 million Savannah Harbor project. In addition, the budget committed an additional $300 million to education in an effort to end teacher furloughs and restore class schedules. (more…)