Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law the amended budget for the remainder of the fiscal year. The $18.5 billion budget adds only about $200 million to the original budget for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Most of the new spending addresses enrollment growth and deficits in Medicaid
The Senate education committee unanimously passed a bill Monday that would revoke bonuses for Georgia teachers who cheat on standardized tests. The Democratic-backed legislation now goes to the full Senate for a vote before heading to the governor's desk.
The cost of getting government documents would drop in Georgia under legislation passed by House lawmakers. The House of Representatives voted 154-5 on Monday to approve a rewrite of Georgia's open government law. The bill now heads to the state Senate.
Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee voted Monday to approve changes to Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's spending plan for the fiscal year starting in July. It next heads to a vote on the House floor. Georgia would spend $19.2 billion under the budget plan.
The Georgia Senate passed legislation Monday that would ban illegal immigrant students from state colleges and universities. The bill would bar illegal immigrants from all state colleges, universities and technical schools and also makes tweaks to other state laws having to do with illegal immigration.
The Georgia Senate has approved a bill targeting scrap metal theft that places more requirements on recyclers and addresses what supporters of the legislation say is a growing problem in the state. It is the fourth time in five years the General Assembly has addressed metal theft.
Republican Rep. Wendell Willard of Sandy Springs said Wednesday the goal was to move Georgia's code into conformity with federal standards and focus on treatment juvenile offenders in their communities, not incarcerating them. The overhaul bill passed 172-0.
Georgia schools would be given letter grades based on how their students perform under a bill being considered by state lawmakers. The legislation is modeled after a similar system in Florida created by former Gov. Jeb Bush.
The Georgia Senate has approved two pieces of legislation having to do with online education. Lawmakers voted 36-15 along largely partisan lines in favor of a bill that would require all high school students to take at least one online course before they graduate. If the bill becomes law, Georgia would join just a handful of other states — Alabama, Florida and Michigan —that require online classes. Democrats criticized the proposal as a mandate.