Lawmakers keep day one short before national championship football game

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The University of Georgia fight song sounded in the Georgia House bedroom in support of the school’s football team on the first day of the legislative session on Monday morning.

Lawmakers expressed their enthusiasm by wearing red and black attire, waving red banners and cheering ahead of the night’s college football playoff game against Alabama.

House Speaker David Ralston, a Republican from Blue Ridge, called the meeting half an hour earlier so he could catch his flight to Indianapolis for the game. He was brief, forgoing the usual time allotted for representatives to speak, but a few managed to express their support for the UGA anyway.

The chaplain for the day, Rep. Wes Cantrell, a Republican from Woodstock, put on his red “Kirby Smart Visor” and said, “Come on Dawgs!” before starting the devotion. (Taylor Reimann / Fresh Take Georgia)
In the Senate Chamber, a former UGA football player, Adam Johnson, did the devotion, and when it came time to close the Senate session, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan asked, “Isn’t he true that the Dawgs will win tonight?

Ralston and other lawmakers had tickets to the championship game, so the House and Senate agreed to skip Tuesday’s session altogether and cancel all committee meetings until Wednesday. They assigned the bills to committees and established a timeline for the first two weeks of the 2022 session.

The 40-day annual session is the second of two-year terms for state legislators. Almost all of the 56 senators and 180 representatives will fight for food for the campaign, including the six senators and six representatives who have already declared their candidacy for higher office.

The legislature is only required to pass the state budget, but it will also consider hundreds of other bills, including proposals to create Buckhead City, adjust election laws, and expand the rights of citizens. fire arms.

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