The Georgia Legislature is quickly approaching the end of the 2010 session. We wrapped up last week with day 30, known as "crossover day" and the last day for Senate bills to pass over to the House. The Senate has passed many bills important to saving taxpayers' money, protecting public safety, protecting Georgian's health-care rights and dealing with Internet fraud. The following are some bills that may be of particular interest to you and your families:
By Dr. Scott Beaulier
This is an open letter to Allen Davis, president of the Coastal Estuary Protection Association, Inc.
Can you put a price on sight? A limb? A healthy newborn? The Georgia Supreme Court says no.
Even conceding our state's seemingly clueless attitude toward understanding the importance of education to Georgia's future prosperity, our politicians and bureaucrats are going to have a hard time screwing up the College of Coastal Georgia. The institution simply has too much going for it.
It occurred to me while planning for Pesach - Passover - this week, there are fellow Jews out there who may be alone or separated from family on this major Jewish holiday.
Dear Senator Carter,
Earlier this month, many Georgia television viewers, newspaper readers, radio listeners and Internet users likely were shocked at the graphic images, stomach-turning descriptions and bluntly worded warnings that turned up on their screens, pages and radios. The candid messages are part of The Georgia Meth Project, a hard-hitting ad campaign designed to discourage meth use among teenagers.
Senate Majority Whip Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) wants to eliminate a bunch of Superior Court judges in Georgia. Seabaugh says getting rid of 19 judges would save the state $13 million to $14 million. This means we Georgians would then have money available for really important stuff like building Gov. Sonny Perdue's $9 million horse barn in Houston County and enough cash left over for a palomino or two. When state government works well, it is an awesome sight to behold.
My parents are Americans. They are citizens of this great country, which they are proud to call home. They are also immigrants.
The Georgia concealed weapons bill, HB 615, is in sub-committee. I have major concerns about the bill. First, the talking points used to push the bill along draw focus away from the greatest risk of violence we face. Second, the bill seems to set up a challenge between gun rights advocates and property owners. Third, the bill doesn't seem to allow consideration of legitimate threat assessments needed for hospitals and other government entities with valid concerns about the safety of staff and clients.
There is currently a bill being pushed thru the Georgia Legislature that can and will have a very direct adverse effect on the ability of the people to challenge the activities of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD). I can only assume that this bill is only the beginning of the influence on policy by the new Director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), F. Allen Barnes.
• Day 21 (Monday, March 8): After a two week working recess to address our budget woes, we're back in session today and greeted with more bad news as we learn that February's revenues fell by nearly 10 percent from this time last year. Considering that February 2009 revenues were down by 34 percent from February 2008, this means that February 2010 revenues are down 44 percent from two years ago- devastating news.
The news in Georgia has gone to the birds. Literally. The latest big debate in the state isn't centered on how lawmakers are tackling the much-hyped $1 billion budget hole or even how the Atlanta Braves look at spring training. The campaign creating the most buzz isn't political in nature - it's ornithological.
I started covering the Bryan County Board of Education in June. Maybe there's some irony in the fact that I wound up with the beat because of the economy and resulting cutbacks in the newsroom.
I love to look at photographs and pictures. Just about any picture will do.
As the chairman of the House appropriations committee, I clearly recognize the financial challenges of bringing economic vitality to all parts of our state.
A month ago, a friend of mine told me she went to work out at a local gym one morning in early January, but it was so crowded, she couldn't find a machine to use.
As I recently reported, one of the most important requirements of the Legislature is to set a budget for the state each year.
I started Feb. 24 with a meeting with my Senate budget analyst to review the public safety fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. After welcoming the anesthesiology assistants who were visiting the Capitol, I went to our caucus meeting before going into session.
As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, there is compromise legislation pending in the General Assembly regarding the Common Core curriculum, the controversial program which seeks to establish consistent education standards across the country.
This time next year, we will say goodbye to the 2nd Brigade on Fort Stewart.
Any self-respecting Southern woman has a list of casserole recipes a mile long ready to bake at a moment's notice. You got a sickness or a death in your family? We've got just the casserole for you.
I remember as a little boy going to work with my father. He was in the cigar-manufacturing business and was promoted to the plant superintendent when I was 7 years old.
When it comes to parenting, there's a fine line between active participation and overinvolvement. That said, I am of the believe that moms and dads should take an interest in what their children are doing, from infancy into adulthood.
Editor, Speakers are elected by House members to lead and serve them. Speakers tend to shape the majority agenda and protect their party's interests.
The return of spring-like weather allowed Georgia's legislators to reconvene at our state's capitol last week and attend to much pertinent business.
Day 22 (Feb. 17): Today we celebrate President's Day. While we would normally be off in order to observe the holiday, we are in session today to make up for some of the time that last week's inclement weather caused us to miss.
The Cherokee County Republican Party has a blurb on its website about Rep. Sam Moore, who won the 22nd District House seat earlier this month following the death of veteran lawmaker Calvin Hill. Among other tidbits about Moore are his hobbies, including this: "Playing jokes … watch out. You have been warned!"
It's a good time to think about how we get from point A to point B in the wake of last week's public hearing on the proposed $18 million widening of Highway 144, which one state Department of Transportation engineer said is now closer to happening than ever. It's obvious the widening of 144 from two to four lanes, along with a soon-to-be installed light where the highway meets Timber Trail and the dedicated right turn lane at 144 and 17, should help make rush-hour commutes safer and less time-consuming for tens of thousands of South Bryan ...