Thu., January 16, 2014 12:48pm
Lawmakers are completing the first full week of the session Friday and they've been pretty darn busy their first few days back at the Gold Dome. Maybe that's because they're really working two sessions: the current one -- which will be too brief, many say, to really do any substantial legislation -- and the next session, which won't begin until 2015. Walking around the halls of the Capitol and talking to lawmakers, lobbyists and others, your GPB News Now correspondent hears one thing over and over again: "Oh no, that won't happen this session but we're getting ready for next session." Wow, they're already getting ready for the next session. Are these folks overachievers? Well, maybe more like pragmatists.
Wed., January 15, 2014 11:29am
Governor Nathan Deal proposed a $547 million budget increase for K-12 education in Georgia during his State of the State address on Wednesday morning. Deal says the increase will allow the state to eliminate teacher furlough days and increase teacher salaries. In addition to education reform, the governor also outlined his plan for job creation in the state. Deal says his focus has been on creating private-sector jobs for Georgians.
Sun., January 5, 2014 8:01pm
As lawmakers prepare to head back to the state Capitol this month, they already have an idea of the bills they will be working to pass. For Representative Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, this session will be about civil forfeiture reform.
Sun., December 29, 2013 8:00pm
Starting January 1, 2014 student athletes will be better protected in gyms and on playing fields across Georgia. At least, that is the goal behind the Return to Play Act. The new state law requires schools give student athletes and their parents information about concussions. It also mandates that coaches pull a child from activity if he or she shows concussion symptoms.
Fri., December 27, 2013 11:48am
Congress did not extend jobless benefits for the long term unemployed in the budget it passed before the Christmas break.That means nearly 40,000 Georgians will lose extended federal jobless benefits on Dec. 28. GPB News' Ellen Reinhardt spoke to two people say once they lose their benefits, they will have nowhere else to turn.
Thu., December 26, 2013 2:00am
Georgia Democrats are energized ahead of the 2014 elections. They have two high-profile candidates in statewide races--state Senator Jason Carter running for governor and Michelle Nunn running for U-S Senate. Members of the state’s minority party also say they have a third person generating enthusiasm and interest- Georgia Democratic party Chairman DuBose Porter. The Democrats’ 2014 campaign kickoff last month had the air of a tent revival. People came out to see Carter and Nunn. But they were also drawn to Porter, a former state legislator from Dublin who took over the party this summer.
Mon., December 23, 2013 12:08pm
Several Georgia democratic congressmen and civil rights groups are pressuring President Obama to rescind his nominations for the federal district court of Northern Georgia. Reverend Joseph Lowery, Congressman John Lewis and Reverend C.T. Vivian say the nominations for the Northern Georgia District bench lack diversity. The civil rights leaders also say nominee Mark Cohen worked to support Georgia’s Voter ID laws, which they say are an effort to suppress minority voting.
Thu., December 19, 2013 10:21am
A Fulton County jury acquitted State Senator Don Balfour Thursday on charges he filed fraudulent expense reports. The state was unsuccessful in its attempts to argue Balfour knowingly took legislative pay when he wasn’t on official state business. His defense successfully argued the errors were innocent mistakes. It took the jury about three hours to decide the Snellville Republican was innocent of all charges. He was accused of trying to bilk the state by falsifying travel vouchers. His defense argued Balfour wasn’t trying to steal because he often didn’t collect all of the reimbursements owed to him.
Thu., December 19, 2013 7:05am
A jury has acquitted a state lawmaker accused of illegally claiming mileage and expense reimbursement from the state. The Fulton County jury on Thursday found Sen. Don Balfour not guilty on all 18 felony counts against him. The Snellville Republican was indicted in September on charges of making a false certificate, theft by taking and a count of false statement and writing.
Thu., December 19, 2013 3:00am
A Fulton County jury will begin deliberations again Thursday on the fate of State Senator Don Balfour. He faces charges he filed fraudulent expense reports. The Snellville Republican’s three-day trial in Fulton County Superior Court ended Wednesday with his testimony that the case was the fruit of political enemies plotting against him. His defense argued the errors in travel vouchers he filed between 2007 and 2012 were innocent mistakes. His attorneys also showed he often didn’t collect reimbursements owed to him, and the amounts in question were small.