Did you know that there’s an election this year in Georgia? For Governor? The state Senate staged a piece of theater Friday that served as a reminder, lest you forget. But first, a word about what’s on the roster for this week. A lot! Lawmakers will turn their attention this week to the 2015 budget. Passing a balanced budget is the only thing lawmakers are constitutionally obligated to do.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said in an interview Monday evening in Athens that the Senate leadership team is more united now than ever. The united front from the three Senate leaders marks a strong contrast from the last two years, when a power struggle derailed negotiations on major legislation and made it difficult to conduct daily business.
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.