10:00am - 11:30am Budget Hearing
11:30am - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 4:00pm Budget Hearing
Republican and Democratic state senators unveiled their legislative agendas this week and at first glance, there are many similarities. But the two sides have very different ideas about how government should help Georgians prosper. Both Republicans and Democrats want to create jobs and make government work for the people.
The Georgia Supreme Court is asking state lawmakers to fund a new clerk who would only work capital cases. Chief Justice Carol Hunstein on Wednesday urged lawmakers to approve the request for about $80,000 to hire a new capital case docket clerk for those cases. She said "I don't think anyone outside the judiciary understands how complicated and complex these cases are."
Members of Savannah's city council want to take financial auditing out of their city manager's authority. While the idea isn't unusual, it is the result of a tumultuous period in city politics. City council members say, they were surprised by cost-overruns and expensive consultants under a previous city manager, Michael Brown. The missteps led to a public backlash.
State election officials are hoping more Georgians living overseas will vote in the upcoming GOP presidential primary election. Secretary of State Brian Kemp brought that message to soldiers at Robins Air Force Base.
Voting, taxes and ethics are among the issues Georgia's Senate Democrats say they are focused on this legislative session.