10:00am House Session
1:00pm Senate Session
A legislative proposal to allow video lottery terminals at Jekyll Island and other tourist destinations appears to be dead for the year. At least, it won't get Governor Nathan Deal's signature. Deal and the island's top officials all oppose the measure, which was made by Republican State Representative Ron Stephens of Savannah.
Many of Georgia’s black elected officials will gather in Macon over the weekend. They plan to discuss issues like ethics, the state budget and redistricting. The conference will also include a speech by civil rights leader and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dr. Joseph Lowery. Jesse Jackson is expected to attend.
For 36 years, Georgia law has banned utilities from giving money to campaigns for state office. This week state senator Don Balfour,R-Snellville, introduced a bill that would give utilities the same power to fund campaigns as other firms. The only exception would be the utility-regulating Public Service Commission.
Parents and teachers assailed cuts being proposed cuts to the Georgia's pre-kindergarten program. At a legislative hearing on Friday, some pre-k teachers said they would no longer be able to make ends meet if the program is cut from 6 1/12 hours a day to four. Others said cutting the instruction time would hurt the quality of the education being offered to 4-year-olds.
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.