Georgia’s controversial gun bill was signed into law Wednesday at an American Legion pavilion in Ellijay. And not a moment too soon for House Speaker David Ralston, who faces a serious primary challenger in less than a month.
State House Speaker David Ralston says changes are needed to Georgia's forfeiture law to increase accountability and transparency. Ralston said in an interview Wednesday that recent reports of questionable spending by two local agencies have generated a significant amount of interest in how the government handles money and property seized during investigations.
The Georgia House is scheduled to vote Monday on new restrictions on lobbying. Speaker David Ralston is arguably the legislature's most powerful member, so it's virtually certain the House will approve his plan tightening rules about who must register as a lobbyist and banning those individuals from buying gifts for individual lawmakers.
Activists or volunteers who lobby only occasionally at the Georgia Statehouse would get more explicit protections under an amended proposal from a leading Republican to tighten lobbying rules. House Speaker David Ralston said Thursday that he is revising his legislation so that people who lobby at the Statehouse for five days or less will not have to register as a lobbyist.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston say they'll support a plan to replace a hospital "bed tax" with assessments coming from a state agency. The legislative leaders made their endorsements at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce's annual "Eggs and Issues" breakfast. The meal is typically used by the Governor and leaders to announce parts of their agendas.
Georgia's black lawmakers are getting a glimpse of next year's state legislative session through Saturday. The all-Democratic group is meeting in Savannah to discuss priorities including criminal justice, education and creating jobs. Black caucus chairman State Senator Emmanual Jones of Decatur says, the conference also includes addresses from leaders in the Republican majority.
A top Georgia lawmaker says he has an idea for how the state can get more water for its needs. House Speaker David Ralston is proposing a trade with Tennessee. In his idea, Ralston says Tennessee would get better connections to Georgia’s transportation links. In return, Georgia would get access to water from the Tennessee River.
A review of records by The Associated Press shows lobbyists poured close to $1 million into meals, drinks, tickets and gifts for state legislators and bureaucrats during this year's legislative session.