Republican lawmakers in Georgia's state Senate have nominated Sen. David Shafer of Duluth to serve as president pro tempore. The entire chamber, including Democratic lawmakers, gets to vote on the president pro tempore, which is the top-ranking lawmaker.
Provisional ballots from a key state Senate race in Fulton County show Republican Hunter Hill of Atlanta beat Democratic incumbent Doug Stoner of Smyrna with 64 percent of the vote. The county’s Board of Registrations and Elections finished sorting through about 11,000 provisional ballots Saturday.
Georgia lawmakers have approved a $39.5 billion budget plan for the coming financial year that earmarks roughly $100 million in last-minute money for infrastructure. House and Senate lawmakers voted Tuesday to approve the spending plan for the financial year starting in July. It now heads to Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.
Georgia cities and counties would have to cap the fees and penalties they charge owners of foreclosed properties under a proposal approved by a state Senate committee. The Banking and Finance Committee voted 5-2 in favor of sending the bill to a full vote, which could happen as soon as this week. The legislation is a carryover from last year.
Four months after he was stripped of much of his power, popular incumbent Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was looking to reconcile with his Republican colleagues. In a letter to GOP senators dated Thursday, Cagle proposed a return of some of the powers he lost in the weeks after he was overwhelmingly re-elected. The 2011 General Assembly ended this week with no clear path to a solution as both sides remained bitterly opposed — although they both acknowledged the leadership structure would have to change.