The House and Senate gaveled back into the 112th General Assembly last Monday. The same day, Governor Bill Lee delivered his annual State of the State address in front of a Joint Convention of both chambers. In his address, Gov. Lee thanked front-line medical personnel and first responders for their incredible heroism during a tumultuous year. He went on to recognize the many lives lost to COVID-19 and other tragedies endured by our state, such as the devastating tornadoes of last March and the recent Christmas Day bombing. The governor also highlighted his legislative priorities while unveiling his $41.8 billion budget proposal. He has proposed $931 million in capital improvements for state buildings, $341 million in additional K-12 spending, and pay raises for state employees. You can find a full replay of the Governor’s address here. The bill filing deadline has passed in the Senate, and the February 17 deadline to file legislation in the House is fast approaching.