Kevin Tanner joined fellow Georgia House representatives in Atlanta on Monday for the first day of the second session of the 154th General Assembly, despite the threat of freezing rain and a national championship football game on everyone’s mind. The Dawson County News caught up with Tanner, R-Dawsonville, late last week to talk about his plans and priorities for the session, which lasts 40 days. Like any good representative, Tanner’s first priority will be passing the state’s 2018-2019 budget. State lawmakers must lay out their spending plan for the over $24 billion at their disposal following a presentation from Gov. Nathan Deal that includes his final report and budget proposals.