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March 18, 2013

Sen. Jones speaks on Senate progress

MILLEDGEVILLE — State Sen. Burt Jones (R-Jackson) said the chamber worked late on last Thursday’s Crossover Day debating almost 30 bills. He expects a busy closing legislative session stretch.

“Moving forward, we will begin taking up bills from the House and working on compromises between similar legislation in conference committees,” Jones said in a March 11 press release.

Jones presented his first two pieces of legislation pertaining to insurance, which both passed favorably. 

Senate Bill 234 authorizes the state insurance commissioner to issue an individual or business entity with a limited lines travel insurance producer license. The District 25 senator also presented Senate Bill 236, which states whenever a health insurer increases a premium the insurer must provide a notice explaining how much of the increase is attributable to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

The bill was amended to include that the commissioner of Community Health must notify those on the State Health Benefit Plan with the increases. 

“We know we are going to have an increase and want to be transparent with Georgia citizens to be able to show them what the ACA is going to do to insurance premiums,” Jones said.

The senator serves as vice chair for the state institutions and property committee. Jones said progress on the Fall Line Regional Development Authority’s Baldwin and Wilkinson County joint industrial park project is paramount.

Plans for an industrial park at the intersection of Highway 441 and the Fall Line Freeway are realistic.

This will be a jointly owned park by the two communities and has a funding mechanism of $50,000 per year that is dedicated for the authority.

The timeline to buy land for the park lasts until the next state legislative session ending in 2014. Cost negotiations are ongoing.

“I have met with the groups pertaining to the freeway and am seeing the best way to get that property under our control,” Jones said.

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