A bill that would allow the state to get a better handle on video poker machines moved one step closer to becoming law Thursday. The vote followed a spirited three-hour debate in the state Senate that revealed ambivalence about permitting the machines in Georgia. The bill targets video poker machines found often in gas stations that award non-cash prizes.
The state Senate is expected to vote on a measure Thursday that would allow the state to regulate video poker machines that award non-cash prizes. The bill's backers want to crack down on what they say are the machines' under-the-table payouts. They are concerned that the current unregulated system allows customers to walk away with untaxed winnings.
Georgia lawmakers are debating which changes they want to make to the state's gun laws as the General Assembly's annual session heads toward a close. A committee of House lawmakers debated Wednesday on the merits of differing legislative packages from two gun owners groups. The House's Public Safety Committee did not vote on either piece of legislation.
GPB has obtained previously unseen footage of former Bibb County schools Superintendent Romain Dallemand discussing his sudden departure last month. Dallemand made international headlines by instituting universal Mandarin Chinese classes, but promptly disappeared from the public eye after negotiating a six figure contract buyout with the school board.
Gov. Nathan Deal named six new members of the DeKalb County school board Wednesday. The move comes a week after he exercised a relatively new state law to oust six elected members over accusations of financial mismanagement. The six new members include two college professors, a businessman and a planning manager. A nominating panel chose them from a pool of 400 applicants.