The Georgia General Assembly adjourned for the year on March 29. Before doing so, the state legislators passed resolutions to commend Mary Ann Mitcham, Fred Mays and Georgia’s working women.
Mary Ann Mitcham
Councilwoman Mary Ann Mitcham presently serves on the Hampton city council. She served from 2006 to 2017, and again from 2020 to now. Before the city council, she was on the Henry County Board of Education.
In addition, Mrs. Mitcham has volunteered with a number of community groups. They include the Hampton Elementary PTA, as a cheerleading and softball coach, a Girl Scout leader and for the Bear Creek festival.
The state house adopted House Resolution 752, sponsored by Rep. Karen Mathiak, to commend Mary Ann Mitcham for her many years of service. Similarly, the state senate passed Senate Resolution 414. Senator Brian Strickland sponsored the resolution.
The state house and senate also passed resolutions to commend Henry County resident Fred Mays. Mays is presently the director of the GBI Office of Professional Standards. Mays began his career in law enforcement in 1982.
In 2021, Mays was appointed to the Henry County Water Authority board. He serves on behalf of the county chair. Local legislation that year added a chair’s appointee.
The resolutions to commend Mr. Mays were House Resolution 735 and Senate Resolution 429, respectively.
Georgia’s Working Women
Finally, Rep. Lauren Daniel introduced a resolution to commend Georgia’s working women. The resolution commends “Georgia’s working women for their contributions toward building strong families and supporting Georgia’s economy.”
It further recognizes the value of paid leave during pregnancy for women, and how increased paid leave would have a positive impact on Georgians. House Resolution 686 had the co-signature of several other Republican women in the state house.
Earlier this year, Senator Strickland sponsored Senate Bill 61 to repeal a sunset provision on sick leave. Specifically, the provision allows employees to use their leave to take care of a sick child. Senator Strickland first introduced the bill as a state house member in 2016. This year’s bill will make the provision permanent. Rep. Daniel carried the bill on his behalf in the house. It passed both chambers and awaits the governor’s signature.
Featured image shows the Georgia state capitol. Clayton Carte photo.
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