Spring Break is upon us.
The Senate today introduced a resolution - sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams (R-Lyons) and Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) – calling for a break from the legislative session until March 8.
Senators voted 35-17 to halt the session.
Lawmakers will spend the time working with Gov. Sonny Perdue to resolve the 2011 budget.
The people of Georgia sent us here to do our job and do it quickly,” Rogers said. “Doing it right is going to take a little more time. This is not a vacation, time off or a moment to relax. This is a very serious job and we will be working to that end everyday between now and March 8.”
Steve Thompson (D-Marietta) wondered if the wrong message was being sent by taking such a long break. Rogers countered that he wondered if two weeks is enough time.
While the Senators were voting to take a break, they would also pass the amended $17.4 billion mid-year budget.
Today marks the 20th day of the legislative session, the exact midway point. The House is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. today.