ATLANTA (January 26, 2016) | Senator Bruce Thompson (R – White) met with Keep Bartow Beautiful advocates today and delivered a public service announcement in support of their initiatives and efforts to Keep Bartow Beautiful, along with other Keep Georgia Beautiful affiliates, traveled to the Capitol today to recruit General Assembly members for their “Leaders Against Litter” campaign. Sen. Thompson joined in to record a PSA and show his support.
“Because Bartow is one of Georgia’s fastest growing counties and tourism in our area continues to increase year after year, it is important to keep our home presentable,” said Sen. Thompson. “We have an obligation to maintain our state’s greatest natural beauties like Red Top Mountain and preserve our county’s assets for future generations.”
As a certified affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Keep Bartow Beautiful works to preserve the natural beauty and historic substance of Bartow County. They hold monthly public meetings to inform and educate citizens, encourage environmentally friendly, community centered activities, and recruit local volunteers to help support their county’s goals and projects.
Other objectives that Keep Bartow Beautiful supports include waste reduction, composting, education and beautification. For more information on how to get involved, please contact KBB Coordinator, Sheri Henshaw, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Bruce Thompson Receives 2015 ACCG Legislative Service Award
“I want to thank all of the talented individuals who work so hard on behalf of our counties and county governments,” said Senator Thompson. “I am honored to receive this award as part of the common sense effort to make Georgia’s tax code less complicated.”
ACCG honored Senator Thompson for the improvements to the property tax appeals process that will benefit local taxpayers that came through legislation he carried in the Senate. The legislation also made several changes that improve the administration and collection of property taxes.
“ACCG has worked with the legislature for the past three years to make changes to the laws regarding our state’s property tax system,” said ACCG Legislative Director Clint Mueller. “We are thankful to those who have worked with county elected officials to ensure this reform was realized, especially to Sen. Thompson for his work on this legislation in the State Senate.”
Formed in 1914, ACCG is a county association that works on behalf of county officials and their communities by providing public policy and legislative advocacy, leadership development, civic and community engagement initiatives, insurance and retirement programs that specialize in local government needs and other cost-saving programs.
Sen. Bruce Thompson Promotes the Veteran’s Recruitment Advisory Committee at Kennesaw State University
“Our service men and women do so much for our country,” said Senator Thompson. “As part of Georgia’s strong higher education system, Kennesaw State’s Veteran’s Recruitment Advisory Committee performs and outstanding service for their university as well as the entire state.”
Along with other elected officials and active military recruiters, the meeting focused on how KSU can best attract and serve military veterans that are seeking higher education opportunities. The committee includes KSU staff from various departments, committee a Kennesaw City Councilman, current Army and National Guard recruiters, National Guard education officers, members from the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion, CEO of VetJobs, and other members with service related occupations. The committee is committed to the recruitment and retention of student-veterans.
Sen. Bruce Thompson Honors Hall of Famer Tom Glavine
“Tom is one of the best pitchers in baseball history,” said Sen. Thompson. “Even more, the work he and his wife Christina do through their foundation, CURE Childhood Cancer, is a great service to our community.”
Glavine’s decorated baseball career includes 305 wins, 10 All-Star Appearances, 4 Silver Slugger Awards, a World Series MVP and 2 Cy Young Awards. He was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in January.
“These last few months have been amazing,” said Glavine. “To be inducted into the Hall of Fame and now there’s a ‘Tom Glavine Day’ at the Capitol is something you only dream of as a little boy. I’m so thankful to The Lord, the Atlanta Braves, and my family for allowing this all to be possible. Bruce and I have been friends for years, and I am truly appreciative of his efforts to honor my career as an Atlanta Braves pitcher.”
February 18, 2014 was officially recognized as Tom Glavine Day at the Georgia State Capitol.
Sen. Bruce Thompson to Serve on Influential Committees
ATLANTA (January 16, 2014) | Sen. Bruce Thompson (R-White) was recently appointed to serve on several influential committees for the 2014 Legislative Session by the Senate Committee on Assignments.
“I am deeply honored to be appointed by my colleagues to serve on these influential committees,” said Sen. Thompson. “We will be facing many important issues this session, and I look forward to advancing the best interests of Georgians throughout the state.”
Sen. Thompson was appointed to serve as Vice Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee and Secretary of the State Institutions and Property Committee. He is also a member of Economic Development and Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committees.
“I’m humbled to preside over a Senate that is strongly unified and filled with individuals that are hard-working, intelligent and dedicated to solving problems,” Lieutenant Governor Cagle said. “I look forward to working hand-in-hand with Sen. Thompson, who is extremely well-versed and passionate about these important subject matters, to deliver Georgians real results on the major issues facing this State.”
“We are fortunate to have a wealth of talent and experience in the State Senate,” said President Pro Tem David Shafer (R-Duluth). “I have every confidence in our new committee leadership team.”
Once a piece of legislation is introduced in the Senate, it is assigned to a Committee, depending on its topic. If the Committee gives the legislation a “do pass” recommendation, then the proposed law is sent to the Rules Committee for consideration. The appointed chairs will oversee the operation and order of Senate committee meetings, including calling for action on bills, resolutions or other matters assigned to that committee.
The second term of the 152nd Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly convened January 13, 2014 at the Georgia State Capitol.