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SB 395, SB 395 Georgia Joint Defense Commission

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Support Michael McPherson, (678) 686-6390

Last Updated: 2/12/2018
Subject Area: Economic Development and Redevelopment |
Resources: bill text
This bill would create the Georgia Joint Defense Commission. The Commission would be charged with the following:
1) To advise the Governor and General Assembly on defense and military issues both state and nationally;
2) Make recommendations on policy and plans to support the development and viability of the military in Georgia;
3) To develop methods to assist defense-dependent communities in designing and executing programs to enhance relationships with military installations;
4) To serve as a task force to prepare for base realignment or closure of military installations and defense-related business;
5) To develop and implement plans to navigate potential realignment or base closure in the state;
6) To produce and distribute detailed reports each year regarding the status of the states military installations, and a strategic plan to navigate potential base realignment or closure.

The Georgia Joint Defense Commission would be made up of 18 members to be or be selected as follows:
1) Chairpersons of the House Committee on Defense and Veterans Affairs and Senate Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee;
2) Chairpersons of the House Committee on Economic Development and Tourism and the Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee;
3) Two members of the House, one Republican, one Democrat, to be selected by the Speaker of the House;
4) Two members of the Senate, one Republican, one Democrat, to be selected by the Lieutenant Governor;
5) One citizen member from each of the states eight military installation regions appointed by the Governor;
6) The director of the Governor’s Defense Initiative; and
7) The commissioner of Economic Development or designee.

Members of the committee shall serve for 4 year terms, with citizen members terms initially staggered. The chair will be selected from among the members.


3/29/2018 Senate Vote #771 Yea - 54 Nay - 0 Not Voting - 2 Excused - 0
3/15/2018 House Vote #708 Yea - 160 Nay - 0 Not Voting - 5 Excused - 15
2/26/2018 Senate Vote #501 Yea - 49 Nay - 0 Not Voting - 5 Excused - 2

7/1/2018 - Effective Date

5/3/2018 - Act 399

5/3/2018 - Date Signed by Governor


Sen. Ben Watson
District 1
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