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Wrapping up our first month back
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January has been a productive month for the Senate, but this last week has been especially busy. Committees are now in full swing, and I had multiple guests that I was proud to have at the Gold Dome this week.

We recognized Feb. 1 as White County Day at the Capitol.

White County is the gateway to Georgia's mountains and is home to many ecological tourist attractions, including the Chattahoochee National Forest, Unicoi State Park, Smithgall Woods Conservation Area and the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association.

The White County Chamber of Commerce is working to develop and apply new ideas, techniques and technologies to generate and improve the lives of their citizens.

Also, on Wednesday, we honored the Civil Air Patrol of Georgia. The Patrol is celebrating 75 years of performing emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs, or "Missions for America." The "flying minutemen" of the Civil Air Patrol, since its inception, have consistently provided Georgia with these services.

The Senate commended the selfless contributions the volunteers of the patrol have made. I was honored to have minutemen from Gilmer County as part of the group that was recognized. Pickens County leadership also visited the Capitol on Wednesday.

On Thursday, a bill I sponsored, Senate Bill 6, was passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee. The bill would establish a Georgia Regional Transit Council, which would oversee the improvement of our regional transit systems. SB 6 represents one of the six Senate Majority Caucus priorities, so I am proud that it is moving through the legislative process.

We have started voting on bills, so please continue reaching out to discuss legislation with me. If you are ever down at the Capitol or want to come for a visit, please feel free to reach out to me or stop by my office. I would love to see you.

Sen. Steve Gooch serves as Majority Whip of the Senate Majority Caucus. He represents the 51st Senate District which includes Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Union and White counties and portions of Forsyth and Pickens counties. He may be reached at (404) 656-9221 or via email at