Metro Atlanta voters overwhelmingly rejected 2012’s regional transportation referendum, known as the T-SPLOST. State lawmakers have since responded with a number of more modest proposals to address the region's persistent traffic woes.
Martha Dalton is down at the state Capitol covering the hearing by the House Education Comittee on Senate Bill 167.
This controversial bill, introduced by Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick), would mandate a review of the Common Core education standards, prevent Georgia from implementing other education standards, would prevent the state from adopting certain assessments, and would severely limit data collection.
The sponsor of a bill seeking to regulate internet-based car services like Uber and Lyft says his legislation remains alive, despite it not receiving the required approval by Monday’s Crossover Day deadline.
Rep. Alan Powell, R-Hartwell, says House Bill 907 can still be tacked onto a Senate bill later in session.
Medical marijuana, Medicaid expansion, and drug testing for food stamp and welfare recipients are just some of the topics state House members debated well into Monday night during Crossover Day, the key deadline in which legislation must pass at least one chamber to remain alive for the session.
Two of the most closely-watched bills involved the Affordable Care Act.
As in states like Arizona, Georgia’s religious freedom bills have stalled and appear dead for the year. However, comments made during the debate are still reverberating in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.
The campaign to build a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. at the state Capitol is picking up steam.
House Majority Leader Larry O’Neal recently joined top ranking Democrats in sponsoring the enabling legislation.
“What I wanted to make sure and why I was so honored to be able to sign it is because I want to make sure it’s a sincere honor of one of Georgia’s favorite sons and one of the greatest heroes in Georgia history,” said O"Neal.
Several state Senators exchanged heated words Friday over a bill that passed out of a Senate committee Thursday. The bill would ban abortion coverage from state employee insurance policies. It would also prohibit abortion coverage for Georgians participating in a healthcare exchange run by the federal government under the Affordable Care Act.
Georgia’s governor currently has sole authority to opt-in to one of the Affordable Care Act's key tenets - expanding the state Medicaid program to cover hundreds of thousands of new enrollees. However, Georgia's legislative leaders want in on the decision.
At a subcommittee meeting Wednesday, Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, R-Milton, said it's too important of an issue.
The Georgia House approved a controversial bill aimed at easing gun restrictions in a wide range of places, including bars, churches, college campuses, and Hartsfield Airport.
On the House floor, Rep. Dustin Hightower, R-Carrollton, said the bill is about basic constitutional rights.
“We get asked over and over why do we constantly talk about gun rights and the Second Amendment and my answer is simple - because there are others who are constantly trying to take our rights away,” said Hightower.
Senate Democrats were critical of a Georgia House bill Monday that would give the state legislature the final say on any future Medicaid expansion. The comments come after the fourth rural hospital to close in the past two years shut down last week.
Despite an afternoon lull in the ice storm, Gov. Nathan Deal is urging residents to stay indoors.
“Georgians have heeded the warning and they are staying home and staying off the roadways and that is appreciated by all of us who are trying to keep everyone safe,” said Deal at an afternoon press briefing in his office. "People need to continue to heed the warnings and stay home."
Temperatures in metro Atlanta are expected to remain below freezing until midday Thursday and roadways remain treacherous.
The state legislature Tuesday adjourned until next week due to the weather. Before leaving, lawmakers took action on some key legislation and set the schedule for the remaining days of this year’s session.
House Speaker David Ralston followed the governor’s directive to release anyone living north of I-285 at 10 a.m., and everyone else by noon.
"We are using our utmost efforts to ensure the safety of the employees here on Capitol Hill as well as the members," said Ralston.