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Senate welcomes Malcom J. Mitchell, Father Schreck
Ben Watson
Sen. Ben Watson

This week in the Senate was spent working in our respective committees considering the bills that were passed by the House of Representatives.

Subsequently, our colleagues in the House are deliberating more than 40 bills that were passed in the Senate regarding a wide variety of issues from creating the Georgia Joint Defense Commission to making broadband internet available to rural areas to providing more affordable healthcare to Georgians.

Both the House and the Senate are committed to strengthening our state, and I know that this important behind-the-scenes work in committees and subcommittees will lead to passing laws that will be good for communities and families throughout Georgia.

As expected, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law HB 918, which is Georgia’s largest tax cut since 1937. This legislation reflects changes made at the federal level and it’s estimated that Georgians will save about $5 billion over the next five years.

I have always believed that no one should be burdened by high taxes and am pleased that this new tax code will have a ripple effect throughout our state bringing many benefits to individuals, families and our state’s economy. To read the full version of this bill, please go to

We were grateful to spend some time with Malcolm J. Mitchell, former UGA football player and current New England Patriot, while recognizing March 7, 2018, as Children’s Literacy Day at the State Capitol.

Mitchell has currently authored his second children’s book and his message to students is “read to succeed.”

Mitchell didn’t like reading as a child and took up the hobby during a time when he was injured at UGA and couldn’t play football. He now recognizes the importance of reading as being beneficial for academic success and intellectual stimulation.

It was great to get to meet him and let him know how much we appreciate his efforts in promoting reading to Georgia’s youth.

Father Gerard Schreck, rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, served as the Senate’s chaplain of the day on March 7 and it was a great pleasure to welcome someone from home to the Capitol.

Father Schreck assured us that the Irish community is more than ready for the upcoming big event in Savannah this weekend.

As we continue this legislative session, your input is important to me. I encourage you to contact me with your concerns and questions at or at 404-656-7880. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve you.

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