Atlanta City Council has approved legislation requiring carbon monoxide detectors to be installed in all public buildings. At-Large Councilmember Michael Julian Bond says the legislation is intended to protect the city's children. The vote comes just over two months after a carbon monoxide leak at Finch Elementary School left 44 students and 10 adults hospitalized.
A state lawmaker wants to prevent Georgia Power from reaping profits on cost overruns at Plant Vogtle. Rep. Jeff Chapman will file a bill Thursday that would bar the utility from making money on anything other than the certified cost of the nuclear power plant it’s building in eastern Georgia.
Following Tuesday’s special election, Republicans have a supermajority in the state Senate for the first time since Reconstruction. Republicans now control 38 seats in the state Senate. That means, they can pass constitutional amendments without needing any votes from Democratic Senators. Amendments require two-thirds’ majority of both chambers and the consent of voters to become law.
Republicans were victorious in all three of Tuesday’s special elections for seats in the state House and Senate. In the 11th state Senate district — spanning areas of southwest Georgia — Republican Dean Burke won 58 percent of votes over Republican Mike Keown's 41.
State lawmakers are taking their time with their first opportunity since the Newtown, Conn., gun massacre to debate about weapons in Georgia public schools.