The University of Georgia fight song rang out in the Georgia House bedroom in support of the school’s football team on the first day of the legislative session Monday morning.
Lawmakers expressed their excitement by donning red and black apparel, 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 half-hour session early so he could catch his flight to Indianapolis for the game. He kept it short, foregoing the usual time allotted to representatives to speak, but a few still managed to voice their support for UGA.
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 through Wednesday. They assigned bills to committees and set a timetable for the first two weeks of the 2022 session.
The 40-day annual session is the second in the two-year term for state legislators. Almost all of the 56 senators and 180 representatives will be vying for campaign fodder, including the six senators and six representatives who have already declared their candidacies 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, tweak election laws and expand gun rights. fire.