10:00am House Session
10:00am Senate Session
A South Georgia Superior Court Judge is speaking out about charges made by public radio's Ira Glass. Glynn County Judge Amanda Williams' defense doesn't satisfy some critics, who say her drug court is too punitive. The report on PRI's This American Life last month leveled many accusations.
Governor Nathan Deal says he will sign a controversial immigration measure headed to his desk. The bill allows police officers to check the immigration status of people stopped for traffic violations. It also forces many companies to check the citizenship of new hires. It’s among many bills approved in the final hours of the legislative session that wrapped up last night.
Lawmakers finished up this year’s legislative session late Thursday night. But they will be back at the state Capitol this summer for a special session on redistricting. And Gov. Nathan Deal will decide what else is on the agenda. State lawmakers won’t have the option of taking the summer off. Every ten years, they must redraw the legislative maps based on new census data.
The 2011 General Assembly wrapped up by midnight Thursday, and the high profile/controversial bill of immigration reform was passed by the Legislature.
State lawmakers at the 11th hour agreed to a small change in Georgia unemployment law. It will allow 22,000 people to receive an additional 20 weeks of unemployment benefits. Officials have known since January that Georgia’s longterm unemployed were in danger of losing federal jobless benefits.