1:00pm House Session
1:00pm Senate Session
House Rules Committee
Georgia’s revenue increased $117 million in January. That’s according to numbers released today by Governor Nathan Deal. Individual income tax and sales taxes were up 8.1 percent over January of last year. Deal says the revenue growth could aid Georgia’s education.
Governor Nathan Deal says he wants to do more research on a program employers can use to verify if their workers are legal. Conservative lawmakers have to weigh whether forcing employers to check work status hurts the state’s economy.
State lawmakers are considering a bill to reduce the number of days people have to vote early. Supporters point to special elections like the one under way in Southeast Georgia. There, Wayne County has to staff three poll workers for 45 days. Early voting ends Friday and so far only about a hundred people cast early ballots.
City governments are raising concerns about the cost of implementing a state immigration reform bill. Among the many provisions in the House's immigration bill is one that would let citizens sue the state or cities when they don’t comply with a 2006 law. That law says local and state government must verify that new hires and anyone receiving public benefits are in the country legally.
A member of the newly-formed Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform has filed a complaint against the lobbyist who took House Speaker David Ralston and members of his family and staff to Europe during the Thanksgiving holiday.