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Supreme Court Decides Fate of School Board Members

Supreme Court Decides Fate of School Board Members

Mar 20, 2013

The State Supreme Court will decide the fate of the newly appointed Dekalb County Board members.
A federal judge has asked the Georgia Supreme Court to determine the constitutionality of the law that allowed Gov. Nathan Deal to suspend six DeKalb board members.
Deal replaced six of the nine board members on Wednesday. Shortly after his decision, [...]

Ethics Hearing to start off final weeks effort in ethics bill discussions

Ethics Hearing to start off final weeks effort in ethics bill discussions

Mar 19, 2013

 
 
Georgia lawmakers will hold a public hearing today at the state Capitol surrounding the ethics bill structured for limiting lobbyists’ influence according to the report from the Georgia Public Broadcasters. GPB tweeted the scheduled event that will invite the public to share input about House Bill 142 written by House Speaker David Ralston of Blue Ridge.
Ethics Public [...]

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Supreme Court Decides Fate of School Board Members

Mar 20, 2013

The State Supreme Court will decide the fate of the newly appointed Dekalb County Board members.
A federal judge has asked the Georgia Supreme Court to determine the constitutionality of the law that allowed Gov. Nathan Deal to suspend six DeKalb board members.
Deal replaced six of the nine board members on Wednesday. Shortly after his decision, [...]

Ethics Hearing to start off final weeks effort in ethics bill discussions

Mar 19, 2013

 
 
Georgia lawmakers will hold a public hearing today at the state Capitol surrounding the ethics bill structured for limiting lobbyists’ influence according to the report from the Georgia Public Broadcasters. GPB tweeted the scheduled event that will invite the public to share input about House Bill 142 written by House Speaker David Ralston of Blue Ridge.
Ethics Public [...]

New Bill Allows Counselors to Commit Patients

Mar 18, 2013

Legislators passed a new bill that will allow professional counselors to take swift action in times of crisis.
Senate Bill 65 will allow licensed counselors to involuntarily commit and patients who appear to be mentally ill and a clear danger to an institution for 72 hours.
Counselors are the last of clinical professionals to receive this privilege. [...]

House Passes Homestead Exmeption Bill

Mar 14, 2013

 
After a long battle between parties, a bill that will double the Fulton County property tax homestead exemption has finally passed the state House.
House Bill 541 passed the House Wednesday with the minimum number of votes, 120. Speaker David Ralston, who does not normally vote during bill proceedings, cast the swing vote. Ralston voted yes [...]

House GOP Strong Arms Democratic Bills

Mar 13, 2013

Tensions among Fulton County lawmakers have began to affect state proceedings as House Republicans use their legislative muscle to stall several Democratic-sponsored bills.
Local-level bills, which usually deal with issues such as court appointments, normally easily pass through the house, with unanimous votes.
House Republicans make up nearly two-thirds of the membership. They are stalling bills until [...]

Former DOT Director Gena Evans leaves State Government

Mar 12, 2013

The Head of the State Road and Tollway Authority Gena Evans will be leaving office.
Evans was handpicked by then Gov. Sonny Perdue to oversee the state Department of Transportation (DOT) in 2007.  DOT is responsible for building and repairing the state’s roads and bridges and helping with smaller local transit and airports. The board voted [...]

Senate Passes Bill to Reduce Tax-Credit Program

Mar 11, 2013

The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday that would limit the private school tax-credit program; an action welcomed by  citizens.
Senate Bill 243 will restrict the amount of people that can benefit from the private school tax-credit program, which allows people and companies, who pay state income taxes, to donate to private schools and receive [...]

Legislation Watch: What to look for in the last ten days in Counting for the 2013 Session

Mar 11, 2013

 
Thursday evening marked a rather swift Crossover Day for the Georgia General Assembly with the House completing their chamber procedures a little after 9 PM shortly after their colleagues in the Senate had already vacated the Capitol two hours earlier.
Over 39 bills made it through the House with HB 282 failing to pass. Within the [...]

Crossover Day Arrives at State Legislature

Mar 8, 2013

Officials make their way through several legislative pieces as the landmark Crossover Day arrives at the state legislature.
Crossover Day, which occurs on the 30th day of every 40-day legislative session, is the deadline where bills must past either the House or the Senate in order to stay alive. If a bill fails pass during Crossover [...]

Legislators Fix Problems with New Car Tax

Mar 7, 2013

Legislators reached a deal on Tuesday as a resolution to the anticipated tax problem to follow the implementation of the new car tax.
House Bill 386 took effect March 1, which substitutes the annual state and local vehicle sales tax, commonly known as “birthday tax”, for a one-time fee.  The new bill was welcomed among state [...]

Clayton County to Set Standard for State Juvenile System

Mar 6, 2013

 
Georgia teens may receive a second chance at freedom as Clayton County sets the standard for the reconstruction of the state juvenile justice system.
The House passed  a bill that will completely revamp the state juvenile justice system on Thursday. House Bill 242 strives to reduce the number of child offenders in state detention centers. The [...]

Georgia initiates new one-time car title tax exiting out of the annual tax system

Mar 5, 2013

 
Last Friday, March 1, marked the day a new vehicle title tax was introduced within the state of Georgia that will overhaul the previous annual “birthday tax” collection that was imposed on car or trailer title tax revenues.
Vehicles purchased on or after March 1, 2013 and titled in this state will be exempt from sales, [...]