Gov. Nathan Deal will accelerate the pace of bill-signing, with four public ceremonies this week. He has until May 7 to sign or veto bills passed during this year’s legislative session, which ended last month.
Gov. Nathan Deal has begun the 40-day bill review and signing period that follows the legislative session each year. He can veto bills and even budget line-items but is expected to do so sparingly if at all.
One the second to last day of the 2013 Georgia General Assembly Tuesday, lawmakers finished work on a number of bills. The House gave passage to House Bill 115, which makes changes to Georgia’s law that allows for the removal of school board members from systems whose accreditation is in jeopardy.
State lawmakers passed 200 major bills during the 40-day legislative session, but a bill that would have stiffened ethics rules for elected officials was not among them. Lawmakers also didn’t pass a measure that would have lifted restrictions on carrying guns to the state Capitol and other public places.
Gov. Nathan Deal will sign at least one bill every day this week, making stops in Milledgeville, Augusta and Tifton to do so. He is steadily addressing the nearly 300 bills the legislature passed this year, and soon he'll have to act on the session’s most important legislation.
Some lawmakers want to make the elected body that regulates utilities in the state more accountable to the public. The Public Service Commission recently approved one of the biggest energy rate hikes in Georgia history.