The Young Democrats of Georgia will be holding their annual conference April 11-13 in Columbus, and notably one of the key speakers is a young Democrat himself. Jason Carter is the 38-year-old Democratic gubernatorial campaign, and he will be headlining a special awards dinner at the conference. Organizers say the weekend events are geared toward whipping up excitement among the party’s youth, in the hopes they will campaign for the candidates and come out and vote in November.
A bill making it harder for employers to pay women less than men in comparable jobs died in the U.S. Senate Wednesday when Senate Republicans derailed the Paycheck Fairness Act, a Democratic bill curbing paycheck discrimination against women. A new study finds that nationally, women in full-time jobs earn 77 cents on average for every dollar men make.
One of the most controversial bills awaiting Governor Nathan Deal’s signature is one that would expand where guns can be carried. The bill took a circuitous path through the legislature, picking up provisions, then losing them. Later two gun bills were combined, and the measure went back and forth between the two chambers. So what would the new law look like? It might be easier to start with what it won’t include: a provision known as campus carry. Gun advocates have been pushing for the right to bring firearms on university campuses. But college presidents, the state’s Board of Regents and others oppose that provision, and it was dropped.
Hundreds of protesters met outside Governor Nathan Deal’s office Tuesday morning to present a petition calling for Deal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The group is part of a movement called “Moral Mondays,” which started in North Carolina with a similar goal. The Georgia group organized several events during this the legislative session, but this protest was the first one since lawmakers adjourned. GPB reporter Claire Simms has been following Moral Mondays Georgia activities since this year’s session. She joined All Things Considered host Ellen Reinhardt to discuss Tuesday’s protest.
Georgia lawmakers have made it through one of the quickest legislative sessions in recent memory. Along the way, they passed bills limiting healthcare coverage for abortion, expanding where you can bring a gun and barring a Governor from expanding Medicaid. Lawmakers gaveled out of the 2014 session at midnight, per their custom, but not before battling over the gun bill. Republicans (and some Democrats) were split on how broad the legislation should be.
A far-reaching tax measure approved by Georgia legislators is now on its way to Georgia ballots. It’s actually not a bill; it’s a constitutional amendment. And it would bar the General Assembly from increasing the state income tax.
A new House member from Cherokee County is engulfed in quite the firestorm after introducing a bill that would eliminate restrictions keeping sex offenders away from areas such as playgrounds and schools. Rep. Sam Moore (R-Macedonia), who was sworn in on Feb. 11, says H.B. 1033 is aimed at eliminating vague laws against loitering. House leaders said the bill would have the effect of repealing a state law banning sex offenders from places where children gather.
Back in the day, bullies operated in the schoolyard. When they got the internet, they were able operate pretty much anywhere; and in Georgia, schools' hands are often tied when it comes do cracking down on them. Georgia is one of the 32 states that do not have a specific law against cyberbullying. That means, there is a loophole for cyberbullies to get away with what they do, especially if they find their victims outside the school.
There was more controversy Friday at the Capitol after members of the House approved a bill that allow Georgians to carry guns in more places, including churches and bars. Lawmakers dropped the provision that would have allowed guns on college campuses, but as it stands Friday, the bill would decriminalize the act of bringing a gun onto university property. House Bill 875 erases the part of Georgia's code that banned guns from churches and bars. While it doesn't say gun owners can take firearms on college campuses, it changes the penalty from criminal prosecution to a fine of 100 dollars.