Floyd Adams, Jr. was always uncomfortable being called Savannah's first black mayor. He sometimes corrected people mid-sentence when they said it. He insisted on being called a mayor for "all the people." And few tributes could vindicate these declarations better than the multi-colored line of people that filed past his open casket at St. James Catholic Church on Friday.
There was more controversy Friday at the Capitol after members of the House approved a bill that allow Georgians to carry guns in more places, including churches and bars. Lawmakers dropped the provision that would have allowed guns on college campuses, but as it stands Friday, the bill would decriminalize the act of bringing a gun onto university property.
"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.