Sen. Bruce Thompson Commends Signing of Senate Bill 141

ATLANTA (May 9, 2017) | Governor Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 141 into Georgia law on Monday, May 8, 2017. Senator Bruce Thompson (R – White), the sponsor of SB 141, is a vocal advocate for better standards to improve user safety in entertainment industries in Georgia. SB 141 would require carnival rides to go through certain evaluations before being given a permit in the state of Georgia.

“The signing of this bill represents a win-win for both users and providers of carnival rides in Georgia,” said Sen. Thompson. “Through improved safety standards, riders will be safer and operators will be sure their rides are able to handle large crowds. Most people don’t realize just how vital this legislation will be to our state until they see just how easy it is for carnival rides to set up, without having to meet certain safety requirements. By creating these standards, we can ensure the safety of everyone who enjoys carnival rides for generations to come.”

SB 141 requires operators of carnival rides to acquire an engineering evaluation on the ride before a permit is issued, so the ride may be used by the general public in Georgia. This legislation goes into effect on January 1, 2018.


Sen. Bruce Thompson Honors Anheuser-Busch

ATLANTA (March 30, 2017) | Senator Bruce Thompson (R – White) presented Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. with Senate Resolution 528 on Thursday to recognize them for their disaster relief efforts nationwide.

“Anheuser-Busch has set the precedent for companies to utilize their resources for the betterment of the communities they are involved in,” said Sen. Thompson. “They continually go above and beyond to ensure clean drinking water is available to areas struck by natural disasters. I am inspired by their commitment to disaster relief and am honored to have had the privilege to recognize them in this capacity.”

Anheuser-Busch has owned and operated a 900,000 square foot brewery in Cartersville, Georgia since 1993. Since 1998, the Anheuser-Busch Cartersville brewery has donated over 74 million cans of drinking water for disaster relief. In 2016, this brewery donated two million cans of drinking water to support communities hit by natural disasters including the California brush fires, Louisiana floods and Hurricane Matthew.

The Anheuser-Busch Cartersville Brewery sits on 1,700 acres in Bartow County. Approximately 250 trucks leave the brewery per day to deliver product to Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina. Anheuser-Busch and its employees build on a legacy of corporate social responsibility by focusing on three key areas: promoting alcohol responsibility, preserving and protecting the environment and supporting local communities.


Sen. Bruce Thompson Honors Jeff McCord

ATLANTA (March 16, 2017) | Senator Bruce Thompson (R – White) presented Jeff McCord with Senate Resolution 268 during the Senate Science and Technology Committee meeting Thursday. SR 268 honors Mr. McCord for his public service and work on improving cyber security throughout the state.

“Jeff is truly an amazing Georgian who has dedicated so much of his time and energy working to make our state the best it can be,” said Sen. Thompson. “Throughout his time with the Georgia Technology Authority, he has had a positive impact on cyber security and technological infrastructure initiatives in Georgia. I am thankful to know Jeff and I look forward to working with him in the coming years.”

McCord started his career as an intern in the Governor’s office while he was a student at Georgia State University. He played a key role in drafting the legislation that created the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA), which went into effect in 2001. He served as the Director of Government Affairs for GTA for 12 years where he ensured technological infrastructure such as data centers, networks and telecommunications were effectively operated, managed and secured. McCord also served on the Senate Data Privacy and Security Study Committee in 2016 and was instrumental in crafting the final recommendations which ultimately became part of Governor Nathan Deal’s State of the State address.


Senator Bruce Thompson Named Technology Association of Georgia Legislator of the Year

ATLANTA (December 15, 2016) | Senator Bruce Thompson (R – White) was named the Technology Association of Georgia’s Technology Legislator of the Year on December 14, 2016, for his support and understanding of Georgia’s technology issues and industry.

“I am humbled to have been chosen as the recipient for Legislator of the Year from the Technology Association of Georgia,” said Sen. Thompson. “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the Senate to better understand the needs of the technology industry in our state. This understanding will allow us to continue to grow and recruit top talent.”

“In his first year as the Senate Science and Technology Chair, Senator Thompson has diligently worked with technology industry leaders to hear testimony on important pieces of legislation to the industry, including data & cyber security.  He is an IT professional, who understands the industry and has shown a willingness to move the industry forward with consumers, education and small businesses.  These are the pillars of a Technology Legislator of the year,” said Tino Mantella, president and CEO of the Technology Association of Georgia.

The Technology Association of Georgia is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 33,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 34 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.


Senator Bruce Thompson Speaks for Keep Bartow Beautiful

 

KGBATLANTA (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 hensaws@bartowga.org.


 

Senator Bruce Thompson Receives 2015 ACCG Legislative Service Award

 

ACCG Legislative Service AwardATLANTA (November 9, 2015)  |  On November 5, 2015, Senator Bruce Thompson (R – White), received a Legislative Service Award from the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG).

“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

 

Bruce ThompsonKENNESAW (August 17, 2015)  |  On Friday, August 7, 2015, Sen. Bruce Thompson (R – White) attended the Fall meeting of 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

 

tomATLANTA (February 18, 2014)  |  Sen. Bruce Thompson (R – White) dropped Senate Resolution 785 to honor long-time Atlanta Braves’ pitcher Thomas Michael “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.