Savannah business leaders have made support for a little-known state agency one of their legislative priorities for the next legislative session. A $1.3 million project for Herty Advanced Materials Development Center was the area's only specific funding request this year aside from Savannah harbor expansion. The agency is a high-tech research firm helping materials manufacturers.
Georgia legislators won't get be getting a raise next year. In a unanimous decision, the Legislative Services Committee voted on Monday to freeze the cost-of-living adjustment for the third straight year. Members of the General Assembly earn $17,341.68. Georgia has a part-time Legislature that holds a 40-day session each year.
State Republicans handling redistricting rejected alternative district maps presented by Democrats late Tuesday. That's even though the Democratic maps would have kept Republican strongholds. Instead the House GOP passed its own redistricting plan which now heads to the full House for a vote.
The President of Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta wants lawmakers to put the institution’s funding for cancer research back into the state budget. The university chief says without state support Georgia could lose the fight against the disease.
A Georgia state senator wants to lift a decades-long ban on political contributions by utility companies. Republican state senator Don Balfour of Snellville says, he’s pushing the change over free-speech concerns.
Voters might have resuscitated the push for increased tobacco taxes when they rejected increased car tag fees this November. The car tag fees were on the ballot to fund a statewide trauma care network. Now business groups -- who campaigned for the trauma care measure -- are urging lawmakers to increase the tobacco tax in the upcoming legislative session
Republicans in the state House and Senate increased their majorities in both chambers Tuesday. The gains were modest -- three in the 180-member House and one in the 56-member Senate. The big change, however, has to do with freshmen. About 20% of both chambers will be new members.