Secretary of State Brian Kemp is defending his plan to overhaul the state's procedure for professional licensing after representatives from several licensing boards voiced their opposition to the proposal in a Senate committee hearing.
A coastal lawmaker says, Georgia is losing business from boaters who want to take up floating residences in the state. Woodbine Republican Jason Spencer introduced a bill in the state legislature to allow live-aboard boats. Georgia outlawed long-term boat stays 20 years ago out of concern for the human waste that some boaters dump in the water.
A Republican lawmaker wants to allow prosecutors to bring charges against parents who do not quickly report missing children. Rep. B.J. Pak of Lilburn filed a bill Tuesday called "Caylee Anthony's Law." It was inspired by the acquittal last year in Florida of Casey Anthony on murder charges.
A Georgia Senate panel has approved a bill targeting scrap metal theft that places more requirements on recyclers and requires sellers of used cars 20 years or older without a title to prove ownership.
Georgia lawmakers have introduced legislation designed to encourage private investment in renewable energy sources like solar power. Supporters of Senate Bill 401 said it is designed to allow customers and firms to use common financing mechanisms to fund new power generation facilities.
A Republican state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would limit abortion in Georgia, with narrow exceptions, after a pregnancy reached 20 weeks. Currently, abortion is not permitted starting in the third trimester unless it's done to protect a woman's life and health.
Members of a state House committee want lawmakers to revise a bill aimed at protecting student athletes who suffer concussions. The goal of Georgia's Return to Play Act is getting injured players off the field fast and making sure they're well enough to get back in the game.
State Rep. Matt Ramsey has introduced legislation that would require school system to have at least two personnel trained in diabetes treatment. The Peachtree City Republican says he became aware of the issue last year after his child was diagnosed with Type I diabetes.
Representatives from rural cities and counties across Georgia are balking at legislation aimed at public broadband networks proposed by a state senator who says such agencies should play by the same rules as private providers. Several local governments told a Senate panel they had to create their own broadband networks when private providers refused to come to their communities.