Wednesday, January 19th
9:25 a.m. - Opening Remarks
9:30 a.m. - Department of Corrections - Brian Owens, Commissioner
10:30 a.m. - Department of Juvenile Justice - Amy Howell, Commissioner
11:00 a.m. - Department of Public Safety - Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner
11:30 a.m. - Supreme Courts - Chief Justice Carol Hunstein
12:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:30 p.m. - Department of Transportation - Vance Smith, Commissioner
2:30 p.m. - Department of Economic Development - Chris Cummiskey, Commissioner
3:00 p.m. - Department of Natural Resources - Mark Williams, Commissioner, DNR Allen Barnes, Director, EPD
3:45 p.m. - Georgia Ports Authority - Curtis Foltz, Executive Director
4:00 p.m. - Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission - Susan Hart Ridley, Director
4:30 p.m. - Adjourn
Ethics reform is not on the minds of many lawmakers this year, but ethics watchdog groups and the Georgia Tea Party have banned together to get their attention. Now a lobbying effort is underway to push for more changes.
Last month the Georgia Public Service Commission approved a surcharge to help Georgia Power pay for construction of the first nuclear reactors to be built in the country in thirty years. Now commissioners want to make sure ratepayers aren’t saddled with the bill if the estimated $14 billion project goes over budget
Loss of stimulus dollars has created a gaping hole in the state's budget. The agency that administers Medicaid is facing a billion dollar shortfall. The program will be supported by cuts to other state agencies, but some Medicaid services may be lost.
Georgia’s Wildlife Management Areas are at risk because of dwindling state funds, and hunters and anglers may have to pay more to access the recreational lands. The Department of Natural Resources proposes spending $200,000 less on leasing land for Wildlife Management Areas. Georgia oversees 98 WMA’s covering nearly one million acres.
150 years ago, Georgia legislators voted to secede from the Union. Three months later, the nation entered a 4-year Civil War that left 600-thousand men dead and millions wounded. A new book illustrates Georgia sites that commemorate the war.