On the last day of the legislative session Gov. Sonny Perdue made a rare visit to the Senate chamber to give his farewell address and help usher out the session.
“I really wanted to come a congratulate you all on what I believe was one of the most production sessions you could have had,” Perdue told senators. “It was 106 days ago that I stood before you to ask you do the hard work. That was the challenge and I believe history will reflect that you have done that.”
Perdue praised members of the Senate in passing “historic” bills on water conservation, transportation and ethics.
“And when we faced a financial situation unlike many Georgians have seen, you passed a budget filled with right things,” Perdue said. “You made the tough choices.”
In what is his final session, Perdue was a bit reflective. He talked about the tough times during his eight years in office. He said Georgians have had a history of coming together when facing important issues.
“No other administration has had to deal with the economic difficulties that we have,” Perdue said. “Georgia will be more prepared to lead the nation in economic recover because we worked together. Challenging each other and putting our state before ourselves.”