Up to 10,000 Georgia children could get health insurance this week thanks to a compromise crafted by Georgia lawmakers. Legislation passed last year gave Georgia parents and legal guardians the option of signing their children up for private insurance policies through January 31st of this year.
One of Georgia’s most powerful lawmakers proposed Tuesday a total ban on gifts from lobbyists to elected officials. The move represents a turnaround for House Speaker David Ralston, and watchdog groups say it could finally begin a frank discussion about ethics in Georgia.
Former Gov. Sonny Perdue won't run for the U.S. Senate in 2014. The popular Republican confirmed his intentions in a lengthy statement Tuesday, four days after Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced he will not seek a third term. Perdue, who is 66, left the governor's office in 2011 after two terms to return to the private sector.
A parade of Senate Democrats came to the microphone to blast Gov. Nathan Deal's budget proposals. But the orchestrated exercise Monday could be more symbolic than anything else.
A leading Republican will formally propose banning lobbyist gifts to Georgia state lawmakers. House Speaker David Ralston of Blue Ridge plans to introduce legislation Tuesday calling for a total prohibition on what lobbyists can spend while trying to influence legislators. Right now, lobbyists can give as many gifts as they like if they disclose their spending on lawmakers.