Jones promises ‘red tape rollback’ in upcoming legislative session



(The Center Square) — Lt. Governor Burt Jones promised lawmakers would work to cut Georgia regulations during next year’s legislative session.

“One of our main initiatives this upcoming session is going to be — we’re calling it the ‘red tape rollback,'” Jones, a Republican, said to applause during Americans for Prosperity-GA’s inaugural Pathway to Prosperity Summit.

“I tell people, we’ve got more laws on the books than we can enforce, and we need to be proactive,” Jones added. “If we’re going to truly be conservatives, we need to be proactive about getting rid of and [repealing] a lot of useless pieces of legislation or regulations and things of that nature, and that’s something that we’re going to commit to.”

State lawmakers have spent the months following this year’s session holding various study committees on topics ranging from the state’s worker shortage to whether to overhaul or repeal some of the tax credits the state offers. The recommendations of those committees could influence lawmakers when they return to Atlanta in January.

Additionally, Jones said he expects state lawmakers to pass school choice legislation next year.

“We do need to empower our parents; we need to empower our children,” Jones said. “We’re always going to try to be improving our public education systems.

“Even in the best of public school systems, sometimes they’re not the right fit for every child,” he added. “And that’s why I believe in school choice, and that’s why I believe that we will get it done this upcoming January.”



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