The House today approved a study commission to explore the possibility of licensing direct entry midwives to assist mothers who decide to deliver their babies at home or in birth centers. Passage of House Resolution 1341 today coincided with Homebirth Day at the Capitol. Representative Stephanie Benfield explained the legislation to the gathering of homebirth advocates.
The Senate today voted to allow judges to increase sentences in hate crime cases. Georgia's original hate crimes law was ruled unconstitutional in 2004. Today Senator Vincent Fort successfully amended a routine court bill to put hate crime language back into law.
The Senate passed the fiscal year 2007 budget by substitute
The House today decided to repeal a law that required certain General Assembly personnel to post bonds in order to maintain their employment. Representative Earl Ehrhart explained Senate Bill 260, which passed the House without opposition.
Back to school shoppers can enjoy another sales tax holiday weekend this Summer. The Senate today passed House Bill 1219 49 to zero and it now goes to Governor Perdue.
The House defeated a plan to restrict the use of ATVs-all terrain vehicles-by children. Senate Bill 400