Governor Sonny Perdue, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston spoke at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce's annual "Eggs & Issues" Breakfast this morning at the Georgia World Congress Center. Before a crowd of over 1,000 business, government and legislative leaders, initiatives were unveiled and priorities outlined. We’ll have the highlights.
Governor Perdue delivered the keynote address at the Eggs and Issues breakfast and spoke about education, insurance reform, transportation and a judicial review of tort reform. He outlined an education proposal that aims to enhance the way Georgia compensates its teachers by adding a performance–based pay option to the existing salary system. If the legislation is adopted, that system would be fully implemented by 2014. The Governor renewed his call for school board governance legislation, citing Warren County's recent loss of accreditation. In his remarks Governor Perdue also announced an insurance reform proposal that would allow Georgians to buy health plans that have been approved for sale in other states. Currently, consumers can only purchase plans specifically approved for sale in Georgia.
Also at the Eggs and Issues breakfast, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Speaker of the House David Ralston sat down for a discussion moderated by Haydon Stanley, Chair of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Council and Principal at Fiveash-Stanley. Topics of discussion included the economy, water, transportation funding, national healthcare legislation and the Lt. Governor’s Career Academies as well as Georgia’s Work Ready program.
Senator Mitch Seabaugh today introduced what he calls the "Common Sense Lawful Carry Act", which would amend current firearms legislation. The measure aims to clearly define carry areas and eliminate confusion over what constitutes a public gathering as well as provide for a more streamlined permit process.
All that and more, tonight on Lawmakers.