Legislation limiting the number of credit hours for which the the HOPE scholarship will pay passed the House today. House Bill 299 limits students to 127 semester hours.
In a related story, Senate Bill 179 passed out of the Senate Higher Education committee today. The measure would remove all capital outlay projects from lottery proceeds, allowing more money for the HOPE scholarship. The bill's sponsor, Senator Bill Hamrick, explains why this bill is so important during these tight budget years.
Debate over the Georgia Residential Mortgage Fraud Act was
It's a hop, skip and a jump to Georgia having an official State amphibian, the green tree frog.
A bill revising the Georgia minimum wage law by prohibiting local governments from setting the minimum wage passed the House today. House Bill 59 would not give local governments the power to set living wage mandates. Lawmakers Chriss Knight has the story on HB 59.
The House Rules committee voted to send a controversial abortion bill to the floor of the House tomorrow. House Bill 197, the Woman's Right to Know Act contains informed consent, a 24-hour waiting period and parental consent for minors. Lawmakers Jesse Freeman has details.
Former Governor Samuel Ernest Vandiver, Jr. passed away
Senate Majority leader Bill Stephens discussed several measures at his weekly press briefing this morning. He said that Senate Bill 230,
Members of the Service Employees' International Union marched on the Capitol today to rally, encouraging State legislators to increase employee wages and improve heath care benefits. David Zelski has the story.
A group of community leaders working to improve the lives of families across the State met with legislators today. The Family Connection Partnership held their annual meeting today to discuss changes they would like to see. Lawmakers Chriss Knight reports.
The Georgia Rural Health Association presented its legislative agenda at the Capitol today. Lawmakers Angela Von Drasek has more.
And, the Future Farmers of America met at the Capitol today.