As long as Washington’s government shutdown continues, three key pieces of legislation affecting Georgia are stalled. And observers in Georgia worry how those bills will fare even once lawmakers move past the impasse.
An internal website created by a state lawmaker is being credited with helping Georgia House members during the most recent legislative session. The website developed by state Rep. Mike Dudgeon tracks changes to a bill while in committee or under consideration in the state Senate. The website is an example of national efforts to use technology to streamline the legislative process.
Two Georgia Republican members of Congress want to help struggling homeowners make their mortgage payments. It's a push to allow penalty-free withdrawls from retirement savings. Senator Johnny Isakson and north Georgia congressman Tom Graves are co-sponsoring a bill to allow homeowners to tap their 401-K accounts.
Proposed legislation would make it illegal to pull money from citizen's bank accounts without their permission. The legislation was proposed after a computer glitch took thousands of dollars in state tax refunds from taxpayer's bank accounts last week.