Rep. Houston Gaines

Gov. Brian Kemp

Paid parental leave is now a reality for Georgia state employees. Gov. Brian Kemp signed HB 146 into law Wednesday afternoon. The legislation affects some 245,000 state employees and teachers.

"We are sending a strong, clear signal that Georgia values every business, every company, and job creator. But we also value each other, and every worker."

Kemp says the new law strengthens support for Georgia workers.

Sidhartha C. Wakade

A plan to give Georgia state workers, teachers, and university employees three weeks of paid parental leave has passed the General Assembly. The House voted Monday to agree to changes to House Bill 146 made by the Senate, sending it to Gov. Brian Kemp for his signature or veto.

District 117 Representative Houston Gaines was one of the sponsors.

The proposed Fiscal Year 2022 budget for the state contains more than $50 million in bonds to support several projects in the Athens area. District 117 Representative Houston Gaines has more.

Sidhartha C. Wakade

Athens native and District 117 Representative Houston Gaines has been appointed to serve as a member of the House Majority Caucus Whip Team. The two-year term is concurrent with his legislative term.

"I'm excited and honored to serve in this new role as one of our deputy whips on the majority caucus. It's important because in this role we play a part in making sure that we're passing good legislation that's going to move our state forward and continue to make Georgia an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.

Houston Gaines via Twitter

Rep. Houston Gaines is taking on more responsibilities at the State Capitol. Gaines has been named Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education.