Ge­or­gia’s gover­nor calls spe­cial ses­sion for hur­ri­cane costs

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AT­LANTA — Ge­or­gia Gov. Nathan Deal has called a spe­cial ses­sion of the state leg­is­la­ture to grap­ple with the re­cov­ery costs from Hur­ri­cane Michael.

The At­lanta JournalConstitution re­ported last week that the gover­nor’s of­fice ex­pects the state’s por­tion of cleanup costs to be ap­prox­i­mately $100 mil­lion.

Although fed­eral disas­ter fund­ing may cover the costs, those funds can take years to ac­cess, Deal’s of­fice said.

State Rep. Trey Kel­ley (R-Cedar­town) said in a state­ment that he ap­plauded Deal’s de­ci­sion to call the state house and se­nate back into a spe­cial ses­sion be­fore the end of the year to help mit­i­gate the cost of the storm.

“Our agri­cul­ture com­mu­nity has suf­fered a dev­as­tat­ing loss as a re­sult of Hur­ri­cane Michael and as Ge­or­gia law­mak­ers we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to help them get through this most dif­fi­cult time,” Kel­ley said by e-mail. “I look for­ward to work­ing with Gover­nor Deal and my House col­leagues to put forth a mean­ing­ful and sub­stan­tial disas­ter re­lief ap­pro­pri­a­tion pack­age to ad­dress the loss these hard­work­ing Ge­or­gians have suf­fered.”

The ses­sion is set for Nov. 13 and will also give law­mak­ers an op­por­tu­nity to ei­ther leave in place or re­move a sus­pen­sion of state sales tax on jet fuel, the news­pa­per re­ported.

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