Sen. Hunter Hill Leads Passage of Senate Bill 63 and Senate Bill 203 on Crossover Day
ATLANTA (March 13, 2015) | Sen. Hunter Hill (R – Atlanta) led the passage of two bills that support the growth of small business and commemorate Georgia’s role in World War I, respectively, on Day 30 of the 2015 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly. Senate Bill 63, also known as the “Beer Jobs” bill, passed out of the Senate by a vote of 51 to 5. Senate Bill 203, which creates the Georgia World War I Centennial Commission, was approved by a vote of 53 to 0.
Senate Bill 63 expands limited exceptions to the state’s current three-tier distribution system for alcohol. The legislation allows patrons to consume up to 36 ounces of beer per visitor on-site at licensed brewpubs, as well as take home up to 64 ounces of beer in a single container such as a growler. The beverage must be included in the price of a tour of the brewery and taken home as a sample or souvenir. The legislation also includes regulations for how the single container or growler must be transported once the individual leaves the brewpub.
“Senate Bill 63 is a bill that will create jobs and allow small businesses to grow and become more competitive. Beer tourism is thriving in surrounding states, and this bill will allow us to bring some of that activity to Georgia. I am hopeful that our counterparts in the House will give Senate Bill 63 favorable consideration,” said Sen. Hill.
Senate Bill 203 creates the Georgia World War I Centennial Commission. The Commission will consist of six members responsible for the planning, development, and execution of activities to commemorate the centennial anniversary of World War I. The Commission will also be accountable for collecting and distributing information about other World War I centennial events in Georgia. The Commission will be abolished either 30 days after the completion of activities or on July 28, 2019—whichever date is earlier.
“The goal of Senate Bill 203 is to ensure that Georgia commemorates the 100 year anniversary of World War I in the most honorable way possible. It is important that we recognize those who fought and sacrificed their lives for our nation, as well as the role Georgia military units played in individual battles and in ending the war,” said Sen. Hill.
Both bills will now transfer to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Senator Hunter Hill Hosts New Year…New Politics Town Hall Meeting in Smyrna
Smyrna, Ga. (January 7, 2015) | Senator Hunter Hill (R- Atlanta), District 6, began the New Year by hosting a town hall meeting. Attendees gathered at the Smyrna Community Center and received an issue preview of the 2015 political landscape followed by a Q & A session. The public meeting covered topics ranging from transportation and education to immigration and tax reform.
Elected to the Georgia Senate in 2012, Hill represents portions of Cobb and Fulton counties. Hill looks forward to his continued service in state government noting, “My top priority is to ensure citizens of District 6 have a voice. Hearing concerns from our community gives me further insight on how to handle the many pressing issues affecting Georgia families.”
Senator Hill plans on conducting more Town Hall meetings throughout the upcoming year.
Sen. Hunter Hill Observes Georgia Cyber Academy Online Class
“Education is crucial to our growth as a state and a country,” said Sen. Hill. “For this reason, I was interested to observe how the Georgia Cyber Academy operates on a daily basis to see what the school has to offer students and parents. What I realized is that this academy is working diligently to provide all children in Georgia with an equal opportunity to learn, no matter the stipulations. Under the Georgia Cyber Academy, our students now have yet another option to receive a quality, tuition-free education led by state-certified teachers.”
The Georgia Cyber Academy uses the K-12 online curriculum to offer Georgia students in grades K-12 a tuition-free learning experience. The online curriculum covers both the core subject areas and electives, and high-quality lessons with mastery-based assessments that ensure students achieve success at each and every level. Their faculty is made-up of qualified Georgia-certified teachers, who work with students and parents over the phone and internet to achieve results.
For more information on the Georgia Cyber Academy, please visit:http://www.k12.com/gca#.VDP6C_ldU3k
Sen. Hunter Hill Named an “Emerging Leader” by GOPAC
ATLANTA (March 17, 2014) | Sen. Hunter Hill (R-Smyrna) has been selected to participate in GOPAC’s 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders, an accolade bestowed upon “up-and-coming” Republican state legislators.
“I am eager to learn from both state counterparts and the GOPAC leadership team how I can continue to help Georgia through my legislative work,” said Sen. Hill. “I am honored to be included in this group.”
GOPAC is a training organization dedicated to educating and electing the next generation of Republican leaders. Every year, the organization releases a list of twenty legislators from all around the country they feel have a positive influence in their state and the Republican Party.
“Our Emerging Leaders program is a yearlong initiative to coach and develop promising state legislators on how to be effective legislative and political leaders,” said Chairman of GOPAC, Frank Donatelli. “With the 2014 Class showing a strong commitment to ideas leading to more private sector jobs and more effective government at lower costs, we look forward to assisting them with leadership training, policy seminars and interactive discussions at our Annual Emerging Leaders Summit.”
Sen. Hill will be attending GOPAC’s Emerging Leaders Summit in New York City, where GOPAC is educating, training and coaching class members on how to continue to be effective legislative and political leaders.
Senator Hunter Hill Receives Legislative Service Award
ATLANTA (December 10, 2013) –Sen. Hunter Hill (R-Smyrna) received the 2013 Legislative Service Award from the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) at the Cobb County Board of Commissioners’ meeting on December 10, 2013.“It was an honor to be recognized by the ACCG for my work during the 2013 Legislative Session,” said Senator Hunter Hill. “I look forward to my continued partnership with ACCG and our shared commitment toward strengthening Georgia communities.”
Each year, the ACCG presents the Legislative Service Award to elected officials who demonstrate outstanding commitment to county governments while also advancing ACCG initiatives during the legislative session.
“ACCG applauds Sen. Hill for his work at the Capitol on behalf of Georgia’s citizens,” said ACCG Executive Director Ross King. “We are honored to present him with a Legislative Service Award in order to recognize him for his dedication to public service.”
Founded in 1914, the ACCG works to strengthen Georgia’s counties through legislative and public policy advocacy, civic and community engagement initiatives, insurance and retirement programs and leadership development.
Senator Hunter Hill Named “Freshman Legislator of the Year” by Georgia Chamber
ATLANTA (June 10, 2013) –Senator Hunter Hill (R-Smyrna) was recently named “Freshman Legislator of the Year” by the Georgia Chamber – the state’s largest business advocacy organization dedicated to improving Georgia’s overall economic competitiveness through job creation and pro-business policies and initiatives.
“I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Senator Hunter Hill. “I will continue to put Georgia’s businesses at the forefront of my decision making process on legislative initiatives. I look forward to continuing to work with the great people at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.”
Each year, the Georgia Chamber presents the “Freshman Legislator of the Year” Award to the legislator they deem most supportive of Georgia’s business community. During his first term as state senator, Hunter Hill served as Senate bill sponsor for several important measures including House Bill 188, which provided expedited licensing for qualified military veterans seeking work in our state and Senate Bill 179, which solidified Georgia’s right-to-work laws.
“As a business community, we cannot expect to grow and compete with other states and global markets without elected officials who are actively working to pass pro-business legislation,” said Steve Green, the Georgia Chamber’s 2013 Board Chair. “Georgia is fortunate to have a leader in Senator Hill who is committed to business growth and demonstrated that support through his votes in the Senate. He truly went above and beyond to strengthen Georgia’s competitiveness and we applaud him for his efforts.”
In addition to being recognized as “Freshman Legislator of the Year,” Senator Hill also earned an A+ Rating on the Georgia Chamber’s annual legislative scorecard which was released in May.
Statement from Sen. Hunter Hill on SB 122 Bill Signing
ATLANTA (May 1, 2013) – Sen. Hunter Hill (R-Smyrna) has released the following statement regarding the final passage and ceremonial bill signing of Senate Bill 122:
“I commend Governor Nathan Deal for signing Senate Bill 122 into law today and would like to recognize the dedication of my colleagues in both the House and Senate for their favorable consideration of this bill. This pro-business legislation is vital toward streamlining the process by which foreign nationals can receive a temporary driver’s license or identification permit as they are working to grow Georgia’s economy.”
“Senate Bill 122 was the first bill I presented as a freshmen lawmaker and I believe it is a positive step in the right direction toward strengthening Georgia’s stance as a global business leader. Companies run by foreign nationals will be able to grow and prosper because of this effort to synch current federal law with state law.
“I was extremely pleased to join Governor Deal and representatives from Georgia’s business community at the Kia Motors Plant in West Point, Georgia for the ceremonial bill signing of Senate Bill 122. Businesses like Kia Motors who employ a large number of foreign nationals will significantly benefit from this legislation.”
Senator Hunter Hill Recognizes Cumberland Community Improvement District
ATLANTA (March 5, 2013) – Sen. Hunter Hill (R- Smyrna) recognized members of the Cumberland Community Improvement District through the passage of Senate Resolution 259 on Monday, March 4 at the State Capitol.
“I was proud to recognize members of the Cumberland Community Improvement District in making Cobb County even more economically viable,” said Sen. Hill. “These unique improvement districts are essential to ensuring the long-term economic growth and fiscal stability of communities throughout Georgia.”
Community Improvement Districts (CIDs) are public-private partnerships which allow the local business community to invest in infrastructure planning, funding and project delivery in order to enhance property values for the benefit of commercial owners as well as local municipalities.
The Cumberland CID was launched in 1988 as the first in the State of Georgia. The Cumberland submarket is one of the largest and most active economic engines in the state, totaling an estimated 5 percent of the State of Georgia’s economy. Companies headquartered within the Cumberland CID include The Home Depot, GE Energy, Genuine Parts Company, Travelport and BlueLinx.
The Cumberland CID has also worked to advance critical infrastructure projects, including the $90 million Cumberland Boulevard Interchange, also known as the Kennedy Exchange, and the $18 million reconstruction of the U.S. 41 Bridge over the Chattahoochee River which connects Cobb and Fulton Counties.
Community Improvement Districts are not mandated by government and are voluntarily established by local businesses for community improvement.
Sen. Hunter Hill to serve on influential committees
ATLANTA (January 17, 2013) – Sen. Hunter Hill (R-Smyrna) was recently appointed to serve on several influential committees for the 2013- 2014 legislative term by the Senate Committee on Assignments.
Sen. Hill was appointed to serve as Vice Chairman of the Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee, and Secretary of the Senate Finance Committee and the State and Local Governmental Operations Committee. He is also a member of the Judiciary Non-Civil and Reapportionment and Redistricting committees.
“I’m honored to serve the people of this state as a member of these important committees,” said Sen. Hill. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to promote legislation that benefits all Georgians.”
Sen. Hunter Hill has also been appointed as whip by Majority Whip Sen. Cecil Staton (R-Macon). In his role, Sen. Hill will assist the Whip’s office in ensuring member attendance on the Senate Floor, counting votes and communicating the majority position.
“I’m humbled to preside over a Senate that is strongly unified and filled with individuals that are hard-working, intelligent and dedicated to solving problems,” Lieutenant Governor Cagle said. “I look forward to working hand-in-hand with Sen. Hill, who is extremely well-versed and passionate about this important subject matter, to deliver Georgians real results on the major issues facing this State.”
Once a piece of legislation is introduced in the Senate, it is assigned to a Committee, depending on its topic. If the Committee gives the legislation a “do pass” recommendation, then the proposed law is sent to the Rules Committee for consideration. The appointed chairs will oversee the operation and order of Senate committee meetings, including calling for action on bills, resolutions or other matters assigned to that committee.
The first term of the 152nd Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly convened January 14, 2013 at the Georgia State Capitol.
State Senator Hunter Hill Sworn into Office
ATLANTA (January 16, 2013) – State Senator Hunter Hill (R-Smyrna) was officially sworn into office on Monday, January 14, 2013, to represent the 6th Senate District at the state capitol. In this new role, Sen. Hill will serve portions of Cobb and Fulton counties.
“It has always been my unwavering belief that the affairs of state and local government are best served through conservative, commonsense leadership. “As a newly elected representative of the 6thSenate District, I look forward to working with my colleagues in the General Assembly to make Georgia a better place to live, work and raise a family.”
A native of Vinings and Buckhead, Hunter Hill currently lives in Smyrna, Georgia. After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Hunter became a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. Hunter went on to graduate from Air Assault, Airborne, and the US Army Ranger Schools.
In June, 2001, Hunter took command of a rifle platoon with the 101st Airborne Division. In January, 2002, Hunter led his first platoon into battle in Afghanistan. During his time in the Army, Hunter served three separate tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, served as a General’s aide in Iraq, and earned two Army Commendation Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal and two Bronze Stars.
After his Army career, Hunter began his business career in real estate and is now the Director of Security for SecurAmerica. In addition to his leadership roles, Hunter is active in the community. He has volunteered to assist the Smyrna Veterans Committee, the Cobb County Citizens Oversight Committee for the T-SPLOST, Cobb County GOP Veterans Association and the Georgia Energy Forum. Hunter graduated from the inaugural class of the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute in 2010, and he is a current Board Member of the Department of Driver Services, appointed by Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle.
Sen. Hill is married to Shannan Reese Hill. They are the proud parents of Hunter Bradley Hill, Junior and Annie Christine Hill. The Hills attend Church of the Apostles in Buckhead where Hunter grew up playing the drums in the church band.