"Here's this year's stealing bill." That's how one hardened lobbyist described the so-called Flint River bill. Most Gold Dome insiders can appreciate the state Capitol humor inherent in that remark, from Mark Woodall of the Sierra Club.
The Senate unanimously voted 54 to 0 Thursday to require the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) to publish yearly financial reports in order for schools to participate in their events. The GHSA is a voluntary organization of about 400 schools across the state.
Georgia voters may get a chance to decide whether certain cities can draw up their own school districts. A resolution by Representative Tom Taylor of Dunwoody calls for a constitutional amendment giving cities formed since 2005 the authority to create their own school districts. Seven cities have come into being in Georgia since 2005.
For three and a half years, the McIntosh family has been living next to a rat trap in south Macon’s Lynmore Estates neighborhood. “Snakes and rats have been regular” in the vacant house, said Sharon McIntosh, who lives on Carmen Place with her husband and daughter in a well-kept home next door. “It’s just ... yuck. Nasty,” she said.
It’s been eight months since the Supreme Court effectively stuck down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the section that required jurisdictions with a history of discrimination at the polls (i.e. Georgia and most other states in the South) to get their local voting laws “pre-cleared” by the federal government.