Republican senators in the Georgia General Assembly will meet Saturday to set rules for the upcoming legislative session. The main task will be deciding how much power to give Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle.
Georgia voters could elect to give the state's official ethics watchdog dedicated funding under a proposal from a state senator. Currently, the Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission is funded by a fluctuating budget approved by state lawmakers.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed his Senate floor leaders for the legislative session beginning Jan. 14. Sen. Rick Jeffares and Sen. Charlie Bethel will help carry the governor's agenda in the General Assembly's upper chamber.
One of the hottest races on the July 31st Republican Primary ballot is a re-match between Rep. Doug McKillip of Athens and attorney Regina Quick. McKillip’s controversial abortion bill is becoming a campaign flashpoint.
House Speaker David Ralston gaveled out the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly Thursday at midnight. State lawmakers tackled some thorny issues this session, including tax reform. But the volume of bills was much lower than last year, as many lawmakers were eager to finish up early so they could hit the campaign trail.
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.
Georgia ports officials are asking state lawmakers for $46 million for Savannah harbor deepening in the upcoming legislative session. But it's not the only item they'll be following. Georgia Ports Authority also is interested in the results of a year-long initiative to re-write laws affecting businesses.