On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, the House and Senate convened for a special legislative session. The Constitution of Georgia grants the governor the power to convene a special session of the General Assembly. Governor Deal called for this special session to ask that us to take immediate action to amend the Fiscal Year 2019 state budget to aid our Southwest Georgia communities that were ravaged by Hurricane Michael. We convened for five days providing approximately $270 million in emergency funding to help our neighbors in Southwest Georgia.
Southwest Georgia experienced approximately $2.5 billion in losses within the agriculture and timber industries. Recent estimates include $550 million in cotton crop loss. High-yielding vegetables, corn, cucumbers, squash, peppers, tomatoes and peas are estimated to have received a $480 million loss, and Georgia pecan farmers took an estimated $560 million loss. The poultry industry lost 129 commercial houses and more than 2 million chickens, an estimated cost of $25 million. Peanut losses are nearly $25 million. More than 37 million tons of timber were damaged or destroyed, resulting in a $763 million loss. . .
Bill Werkheiser – State Representative
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