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Lawmakers Support Kemp Request for Emergency Funds

Georgia lawmakers will continue to meet at the state Capitol, at least for now. House Speaker David Ralston says that may soon change.

“We will have Crossover Day, we will in all likelihood be here tomorrow,” Ralston said. “Members do not have to be here tomorrow except for me, and the clerk, and the messenger, and general counsel because all we will do tomorrow is first readers.”

Ralston received support about his decision from Rep. James Beverly. The district 143 representative also thanked Gov. Kemp for his efforts to battle coronavirus in the state.

“We know in this chamber that we are family and we know that the speaker does his level-headed best to do what he needs to do to keep us safe, so I want to commend him for what he has done for us,” according to Beverly. “In these extraordinary times I also want to say to the governor thank you for appropriating money in this budget. This coronavirus is a pandemic, we’ve never been through anything like this.”

District 116 Rep. Terry England from Winder also supported the governor’s $100 million decision to fight the virus.

“I would tell him that I agree with him on this occasion,” England said. “That this is one of those time that foundation is being shaken and that we do need to go into those emergency funds to use them for the purpose of which it is there for, and this time is now.”

Georgia has $2.8 billion dollars in reserves.

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