2017: What’s New?
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, December 30, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Not only will Sunday be a new day, it’s the first day of a brand new year which will be escorted in with bells and whistles and world-wide celebrations. The new 2017 calendar will remind us that a new year has come and gone 2,016 times since the birth of Jesus Christ.
So, what’s new for 2017? Nobody knows the future, but if it goes according to the state constitution, the Georgia General Assembly will convene in ten days to begin a new 40-day session on the second Monday of the New Year. That’s when the new crop of senators and representatives, along with incumbents, take the oath of office to start their new two-year terms.
Twenty-eight new legislators will become part of the 180-member House of Representatives. Fourteen new legislators are Democrats and 14 are Republicans, so the make-up of the House will be 61 Democrats and 119 Republicans, meaning Republicans are one seat short of a two-thirds majority in the House. But that’s nothing new for the House. Continue reading