Last year, a bill that would renew a financing mechanism for the state’s Medicaid program hurtled irresistibly through the Georgia General Assembly. Gov. Nathan Deal signed it into law almost as soon as it was passed. The main part of the provider fee was eventually approved by the feds last year. But a second part of that provider fee, aimed at helping hospitals that were financial “losers’’ under the original distribution formula, has still not been approved.
An internal website created by a state lawmaker is being credited with helping Georgia House members during the most recent legislative session. The website developed by state Rep. Mike Dudgeon tracks changes to a bill while in committee or under consideration in the state Senate. The website is an example of national efforts to use technology to streamline the legislative process.
Department of Driver Services Commissioner, Rob Mikell, and Consul General of the Republic of South Korea, He Beom Kim, have signed an agreement exempting South Korean citizens from written and road tests when applying for Georgia licenses.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign into law a sweeping overhaul of the state's juvenile justice system. The regulations are aimed at reducing the number of repeat juvenile offenders and the costs associated with them.
Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign a bill Wednesday that would bring major changes to child care centers across Georgia designed to improve child safety. Legislation passed by the General Assembly calls for every employee of licensed child care facilities to undergo a comprehensive, fingerprint-based background check.
Road projects won’t be held up anymore because the state is widening or repaving an interstate highway nearby. A recently signed tweak to transportation funding law could move projects along because it exempts interstates and freight corridors from what’s called “congressional balancing.”
Georgia's governor has signed a bill that aims to fix some unintended consequences of the state's 2011 crackdown on illegal immigration. The legislation signed by Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday also makes certain parts of the law stricter.
Some advocates for people who are wrongly convicted in Georgia courts say the state should come up with a system that would guide how they are compensated. Georgia is among almost two dozen states without a formula to decide how much wrongly convicted inmates can be compensated.
One the second to last day of the 2013 Georgia General Assembly Tuesday, lawmakers finished work on a number of bills. The House gave passage to House Bill 115, which makes changes to Georgia’s law that allows for the removal of school board members from systems whose accreditation is in jeopardy.