Nov 06, 2018
Jun 25, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018
The Governor of the State of Georgia is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Georgia. The governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms. No individual may again hold the office again until four years, a single gubernatorial term, have elapsed. The governor has a number of powers in state government, set forth by the constitution, including proposing new programs and laws for the state, proposing a state budget for the legislature to consider, vetoing legislation and appointing members of many of the boards in state government. The governor is both the "conservator of peace" and the "commander-in-chief of the military forces" within Georgia; they are also charged with upholding and executing all laws. There is a gubernatorial veto, which the legislature may override by a two-thirds majority in both chambers. At the start of each regular legislative session and at other times if they deem it prudent, the governor delivers a 'State of the State' to the General Assembly and makes recommendations for laws. Other duties and privileges of the office include: Issuing writs for special elections whenever either the House or Senate has a vacancy, Convening extraordinary sessions of the Assembly, not to exceed 40 days, as well as emergency sessions, Filling vacancies in all offices where the manner is not otherwise prescribed, subject to Senate confirmation, Requiring information from other constitutional officers and members of the executive on any aspects of their jobs and duties, A majority of executive departments are headed by policy-making boards, whose members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Georgia State Senate. Usually, the boards appoint a department director or commissioner in cooperation with the governor to administer agency affairs. A few department heads are appointed directly by the governor. The salary for this position is $139,339/year.