Debate on a bill to expand gun rights in Georgia dominated Tuesday’s session of the state legislature, even as lawmakers debated dozens of other bills. The stakes in the gun bill debate are so high that a Republican lawmaker rose to speak against the bill championed by his party – the only member of the GOP to do so. He was one of three Republicans voting against the measure.
A Georgia House panel Monday approved a bill that would toughen penalties for operating an unlicensed personal care home, raising a first offense to a felony from a misdemeanor. The vote came after compelling testimony from Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn, who described to the House Health and Human Services Committee two cases of abuse in unlicensed Cobb County homes.
The clock on the 2014 Georgia General Assembly session is running down and the stakes are going up.
The state legislature goes back into session Monday after approaching snow and ice prompted an abrupt adjournment last Tuesday. The legislature missed several working Capitol days as the second major winter blast in less than a month hit Georgia, shutting down state government and slightly slowing the pace of the session.
The US Army Secretary talked about budget cuts with leaders at Ft. Stewart on Tuesday. Secretary John McHugh paid a visit to the largest Army post east of the Mississippi River. He told reporters a plan to shrink Ft. Stewart by about 1,400 soldiers is part of a nationwide budget-cutting effort affecting many communities.