10:00am House Session
10:00am Senate Session
House Rules Committee
A racially-divided Savannah City Council has nominated the city's interim city manager to serve permanently as the city's top municipal administrator. The council nominated Rochelle Small-Toney after a bitter, months-long fight that led to what some called the city's worst race relations in decades.
A sweeping overhaul of the state's lottery-funded HOPE scholarship has rapidly cleared two hurdles in the Georgia Legislature. The House Appropriations Committee approved the bill 60-2 Thursday morning soon after the higher education subcomittee signed off on it. Pushed by new Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, the bill makes deep cuts to the cash-strapped HOPE scholarship.
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.