Legislation

About the Georgia General Assembly

The Georgia General Assembly (a.k.a. the Georgia legislature) is the Legislative branch of Georgia’s State government. The main responsibility of the General Assembly is to pass a budget for the upcoming year. They also introduce and vote on legislation, and can pass constitutional amendments which are placed on ballots for voters to decide. A simple majority of legislators are needed to pass a bill (29 Senators, 91 Representatives), with a 2/3 majority needed to override the governor’s veto.

Every year state senators and state representatives meet for a 40 day legislative session. These sessions last for two years, during which hundreds of bills are introduced, debated, and amended. GCV works with a network of partner environmental and social justice organizations to help keep our legislators informed about bills that impact our air, water, and land. We help legislators and voters like you make educated decisions about supporting bills for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.

Who Makes Up The GA General Assembly?

The Georgia General Assembly is made up of 56 State Senators and 180 House Representatives. They serve two year terms with no term limits and meet annually for a 40 day session. 

What Does The General Assembly Do?

Annual 40 day sessions usually take place from January to April. During these sessions, legislators can submit, vote to pass or revoke bills and resolutions that affect Georgia. Additionally, they create and pass the state’s budget for the next fiscal year.

How You Can Make A Difference

As Georgia residents, it’s vital to get involved in your local politics. Everyone wants to improve the quality of our lives and our communities but it’s not easy. We need every potential voter to go out and make their voices heard.

Featured Legislative News

A Message from our Director about COVID-19

  “No matter how bleak or menacing a situation may appear, it does not entirely own us. It can't take away our freedom to respond, our power to take action.” ― Ryder Carroll   Dear Conservation Voters, First and foremost, I hope you and your loved ones are...

What is Coal Ash and Why is it Poisoning the Water?

What is Coal Ash and Why is it Poisoning the Water?

The topic of coal ash is on fire in Georgia (pun intended)! Coal ash is the residue left behind after coal is burned to fuel power plants. The waste is often mixed with water and stored in large ponds, known as “ash ponds.” These ponds contain toxic chemicals, such as...

2020 Georgia State Legislative Update

2020 Georgia State Legislative Update

The second half of the Georgia General Assembly’s legislative session began on January 13. It’s been a busy session and crossover day, the day when bills need to be sent to the second chamber, is rapidly approaching on March 12. For reference, bills that are not sent...

HR 843: Irresponsibility and Lack of Vision

HR 843: Irresponsibility and Lack of Vision

The introduction of the Green New Deal in Congress has been a divisive issue, at a minimum. In Georgia, this has culminated with the introduction of HR 843 in the House, a resolution that takes aim at the Green New Deal and, by extension, environmental policies. What...