State officials said Tuesday that they plan to increase the number of insurers and health plan options for state employees and teachers next year. The State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) has been a target of fierce criticism since Jan. 1. That’s when changes to its benefit design, plus the use of just one insurer, sparked widespread complaints from teachers and state employees about a lack of choice of insurance plans and higher health care costs.
 
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...
As Atlanta builds its $100 million streetcar line, the Hostess City is looking to the capital with envy. While Savannah has the state's first modern streetcar, it's essentially a quaint tourist attraction. Transit officials now want big...
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...
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"...
A bill in the state House calls for so-called regional transportation tax, or T-SPLOST, votes to be conducted on a smaller scale. House Bill 195 will allow a few counties and cities to band together for referendums on fixing traffic troubles. The...
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...
Georgia Democrats have little power these days. They hold no statewide offices, and have forceless minorities in both chambers of the state legislature. So when House and Senate Democrats rolled out their agendas in separate press conferences...
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...
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...
If you look at Georgia’s lawmakers as marathon runners, you could say they’re setting in at a fast pace. The proverbial ink wasn’t even dry on the bill Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Tuesday when just a day later lawmakers moved ahead with the...