Lawmakers return to the state Capitol today and are gearing up for what they hope will be a short legislative session. That’s because they all want to fundraise and can’t do so while working under the Gold Dome. But while your senators and representatives rush out the door, Georgians’ problems still need solving.
State lawmakers and staff from around the country will gather in Atlanta this week for a conference on a wide variety of issues facing states. The National Conference of State Legislatures will host its 39th annual legislative summit at the Georgia World Congress Center beginning Monday.
State officials building a new $24 million parking deck at the Georgia Capitol are designing special parking spaces for lawmakers to give them more room for their vehicles. Design plans indicate that standard spots will be 8 feet, 6 inches wide. The "legislative" spots will be 10 feet wide.
Georgia lawmakers have approved an overhaul of who regulates video poker and similar coin-operated machines in the state, and opened the door for some proceeds to be directed to the HOPE scholarship program.
House and Senate leaders have settled on a roughly $41 billion state operating budget comprised of state and federal money for the next fiscal year. The two chambers will formally adopt the proposal later today, sending the document to Gov. Nathan Deal on the session's final day. The Senate and House budget chairmen say all sides agreed to the details after midnight.
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.