Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this month signed into law a measure that allows student athletes to express their personal religious beliefs during sporting events.
2016 Georgia General Assembly
On the final day of the 2016 Georgia General Assembly, state lawmakers approved a bill that allows the city of Atlanta to propose a ballot referendum for a special purpose sales tax to fund MARTA projects or expansion.
Georgia state lawmakers approved a measure that allows the Georgia Department of Transportation the ability to forego an Environmental Effects Report if the project passes environmental and historical preservation standards, officials said.
The Georgia House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would require that a member of a public board, commission or authority be a citizen or national of the United States or a lawful permanent resident and a legal Georgia resident.
Civil Asset Forfeiture, or CAF, is a process whereby law enforcement takes permanent possession of property they suspect is either the proceeds of, or assisting…
The state House of Representatives has passed the Pastor Protection Act, a measure that assures clergy that they will not be required to perform any marriage, such as gay marriage, which violates their faith, proponents say.
The state Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed a bill to expand the scope of practice laws for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs).
The Georgia General Assembly is officially halfway through with the 2016 legislative session and just 10 legislative days away from a significant deadline: Crossover Day. The 30th legislative day, or Crossover Day, is the last day for Senate bills to be carried to the House for consideration, and vice versa. The Senate will dedicate the next few weeks to improving and vetting bills before they go before the entire General Assembly for approval.
As a member of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, I found it difficult to watch supporters of House Bill 859 speak with such insensitivity and disrespect before the Bishop family, who are the parents of one of the victims from the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting. Similar legislation was proposed in 2014 with HB 512, but, in my opinion, HB 859 is far worse. At some point common sense should prevail.
The Georgia Senate crossed legislative day 16 off the calendar this week as we completed the fourth legislative week. Several bills received Senate approval this week, and it is likely that the amended FY 2016 budget will be presented on the floor within the next couple of weeks. The Georgia General Assembly has only one constitutionally required task, and that is to pass a balanced budget each year. Our duty to carefully vet and approve legislation remains important; however, one of our most critical responsibilities is the fiscally responsible allocation of Georgia’s tax dollars.