10:00am House Session
10:00am Senate Session
House Rules Committee
Cities and counties are losing millions in fees intended to boost 911 call centers. Now, there's a legislative push to get that money back into local coffers. At issue are fees from sales of prepaid cell phones and packages of minutes bought to restock those phones. The extra $1.50 charge is supposed to go to technology upgrades for emergency call centers.
A bill in the state Senate would streamline private financing of river infrastructure projects. The sponsor says, it's not about the Savannah harbor deepening. State Sen. Ross Tolleson (R-Perry) says, his bill is designed to help water authorities negotiate with private companies who want to put up money to build reservoirs.
Governor Nathan Deal wants top-performing Georgia high school students to receive free tuition at public colleges. Deal on Tuesday outlined sweeping changes he is proposing to the state's lottery-funded HOPE scholarship, which is struggling financially.
The Savannah harbor deepening project has cleared another hurdle now that state environmental officials have given their okay. The green light was expected. A state Environmental Protection Division official assured US Army Corp of Engineers officials months ago that the project would get approved. What wasn't known was exactly what EPD would say in its approval.
State Senator Jon Albers of Roswell wants to stop the toll at Georgia 400. The 50 cent toll was supposed to stop last year, but Governor Perdue’s administration extended it for 10 years. Authorities have since taken out bonds against future toll revenues.