Georgia’s Legislature returns this week, with the main business introduction of bills and committee organizational meetings.

The House Appropriations Committee, chaired by Terry England, R-Auburn, will meet after the House adjourns Monday to adopt the committee’s rules for the session. The committee and its Senate counterpart last week held hearings on Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed $21.8 billion budget for FY 2016, and his amended FY 2015 budget. The various House appropriations subcommittees will meet briefly Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday afternoon, the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, under new Chairman Jay Powell (R-Camilla) will hold its organizational meeting. The committee will consider expected tax legislation to increase transportation funding. Powell, an attorney, will replace the retired Rep. Mickey Channell, R-Greensboro. 

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