Wed., February 5, 2014 9:36am
Hugh Thompson, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice, says the state needs to do more to help those who cannot afford an attorney. In his State of the Judiciary address Tuesday, Thompson said Georgia’s judicial system is strong for those who can afford a lawyer, but limited for low income Georgians. “Most of us grew up saying the Pledge of Allegiance at school, in which we promised ‘liberty and justice for all.’ I don’t believe we ever meant, ‘liberty and justice only for those who can afford it,” said Thompson.
Tue., February 4, 2014 1:24pm
The state Senate called for a national constitutional convention Tuesday at the Capitol. Lawmakers want to amend the U.S. Constitution to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, and impose term limits on officials and members of Congress. Senator Bill Cowsert (R-Athens) says the goal of the convention is to reign in federal government. “I think the federal government today is acting far outside the bounds that were intended by our founding fathers. And we have been sitting by and letting the federal government dictate many areas of our lives when they should rightfully be left to the states,” said Cowsert.
Thu., January 30, 2014 1:43pm
The snow is melting, the ice is retreating and stranded cars are finally leaving Georgia’s motorways. But the blame game is just getting started, and the stakes are high enough to rival Sunday’s Super Bowl. Two inches of snow brought metro Atlanta to a standstill Tuesday and much of Wednesday. And now people want to know why – the thousands of Georgians who abandoned their cars and whose children had to sleep overnight at their schools. You know, people who vote.
Fri., January 24, 2014 2:14pm
A normally a quick and controversy free Friday at the Capitol was instead filled with fireworks as members of the Senate tried to make changes to a bill dealing with the state ethics commission. What started as a so–called "simple bill" became a political grudge match as Senate Democrats tried to make changes to the state's ethics policies. The bill clarified a provision lawmakers passed last year, which exempts local level politicians from reporting campaign contributions to the state if they total less than $2,500 dollars.
Fri., January 24, 2014 1:44pm
Sponsors are moving to finalize a gun rights bill that will not include a controversial "campus carry" provision. Now lawmakers say the gun bill will focus on other areas. The push to allow students to carry weapons on public college campuses has long been a sticking point in negotiations on expanded gun rights. A potential compromise would have left the decision to school presidents, but legislative leaders decided to drop the provision after a legal review concluded it was likely to be ruled unconstitutional. Lawmakers say they will reintroduce the bill with gun legislation for other groups such as churches and school.
Thu., January 23, 2014 12:40pm
A provision that would have allowed students to carry weapons on public college campuses will be dropped from a revised gun bill. The provision would have opened the door for students age 21 and older with permits to carry firearms on college property. The measure has been strongly opposed by the university system and the state board of regents. So–called “campus carry” provisions have long been a sticking point in a proposed gun rights bill, and lawmakers have been working on a compromise that would give college and university presidents the option to allow guns on their campuses. But now, supporters of the provision face another stumbling block.
Thu., January 23, 2014 11:26am
A key Georgia lawmaker says a provision that would have allowed students to carry weapons on public college campuses will be dropped from a revised gun bill expected to be introduced soon. Rep. John Meadows, chair of the House Rules Committee, said in an interview Thursday that the bill will instead focus on enhancing reporting of the mentally ill and empowering local school districts to arm employees if they wish.
Wed., January 22, 2014 7:23am
Inside the Capitol Tuesday, the Senate gave first reading to a bill that would create a study committee on the issue of legalizing medical marijuana in Georgia. Outside of the capitol, dozens of people were pushing for even more reform, lined up on the steps to show support for legalizing marijuana use in Georgia. 36-year–old John Palmour of Canton says he suffers from Behcet’s disease, an autoimmune disorder and currently buys marijuana on the black market.
Mon., January 20, 2014 12:00pm
The “fast and furious” legislative session continues Tuesday. After a day off in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, lawmakers are back under the Gold Dome. Here’s a quick look ahead to this week’s four-day session, including marijuana and gun legislation.
Fri., January 17, 2014 11:45am
Friday, state lawmakers cast the final vote needed to move Georgia’s primary election from July to May. The House vote was nearly unanimous—159 to one—to move up Georgia’s primary. Lawmakers chose May 20 to coincide with federal races after a U.S. District Court judge ruled the state needed to allow more time for military and other citizens overseas to cast their ballots.