Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Carol Hunstein will give her fourth and final State of the Judiciary Address Thursday morning. A major highlight of her speech will be juvenile justice reform, a main point of concern for the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform, on which Hunstein serves.
Gov. Nathan Deal's plan to avoid losing more than $450 million in federal money for Medicaid has cleared another legislative hurdle. A House committee on Tuesday endorsed the proposal to let an appointed board set special hospital fees to support Medicaid. Senate Bill 24 is headed to the full House.
A parade of Senate Democrats came to the microphone to blast Gov. Nathan Deal's budget proposals. But the orchestrated exercise Monday could be more symbolic than anything else. Democrats are the overwhelming minority in both legislative chambers.
House Speaker David Ralston of Blue Ridge plans to introduce legislation Tuesday calling for a total prohibition on what lobbyists can spend while trying to influence legislators. Right now, lobbyists can give as many gifts as they like if they disclose their spending on lawmakers.
Public outcry saved the Georgia Archives from closing this fall. But supporters are gearing up for a budget fight in the General Assembly now. The governor’s proposed budget gives the archives more than $4.3 million – roughly the same as this year after the budget cuts that forced layoffs and reduced public access.
Gov. Nathan Deal added a new wrinkle to the state’s ethics conversation in his State of the State address Thursday. He said any new ethics rules should apply to all state and local elected officials in addition to General Assembly members.
Leading Georgia Senate officials say they expect the Senate to pass Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal for a new Medicaid financing scheme that will spare lawmakers from voting directly on a tax. Senators are expected to debate it Thursday after Deal addresses a joint session of the General Assembly.
Georgia would become the eighth state to adopt so-called "parent trigger" legislation if state House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey gets his way. The laws by which parents can petition to have struggling traditional schools converted into charter schools were popularized by the 2010 movie "Won't Back Down."