The annual Eggs & Issues breakfast, often a platform to roll out economic policies, will be held on Jan. 11. And Gov. Brian Kemp – an Athens native and diehard Bulldog fan — built a three-day cushion into the schedule by setting his inauguration for Thursday, Jan. 12.
The governor’s annual State of the State address – which usually takes place in the opening days of the Legislature – won’t be held this year until Jan. 25.
State officials have prepared for this possibility for weeks, mindful there are scores of UGA alums from both sides of the aisle under the Gold Dome. Georgia’s thrilling New Year’s Eve win over Ohio State cemented the team’s place in next week’s title bout.
It won’t be the first time legislative leaders have taken steps to accommodate Georgia fans.
In 2018, lawmakers quickly adjourned the first day of the legislative session ahead of Georgia’s championship game against Alabama, which that year was played in Atlanta.
(Senate lawmakers “called the Dawgs” to close out the day, while House members watched a Bulldog highlight reel from the chamber floor before calling it quits.)
And last year, the Legislature went on temporary hiatus as many red-and-black clad legislators bolted shortly after the opening gavel to travel to Indianapolis to watch UGA win its first national football championship in about four decades.
The light scheduling prompted mild grumbling from Democratic legislators who questioned whether GOP leaders had their priorities in the right place. Others cautioned restraint.
Eric Teusink, a Democratic attorney and donor, took to Twitter to plead that others “not start whining” about the rearranged schedule.
“Our New Year’s Resolution should be to stop acting like we’re too good for the things Georgians love,” he wrote.