With the state house and senate legislative district maps approved, lawmakers turn their attention to congressional district maps Monday.Their main task will be deciding where to put a new congressional district.
The vice chairman of the state ethics commission has resigned, saying he's considering a run for the state Senate. Josh Belinfante said Friday he submitted his resignation to Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this week.
As state lawmakers begin crafting the next budget, they are facing the prospect of deep cuts in federal dollars coming into the state. President Barack Obama’s budget director told agencies this week to expect 5 percent less funding and develop plans for 10 percent less.
The state House Thursday ratified Gov. Nathan Deal’s decision to temporarily suspend a 1.6-cent state gas tax increase.
The Republican-controlled state House approved new district maps Thursday. Democrats say the majority party is using the Voting Rights Act to segregate the legislature. But Republicans dismissed the questions as posturing for an eventual court fight again
The redistricting special session continues Thursday for lawmakers at the state Capitol, with both the House and Senate chambers set for votes on the new maps. Lawmakers will also decide whether to give their approval to Governor Nathan Deal’s decision to block an increase in the state’s gas tax.
Proposed House legislative maps would change both rural and urban districts. The one common denominator is that the party in charge, the Republicans, wants to maximize its number of seats.
Mayor Robert Reichert ran against former Mayor Jack Ellis. Race came down to just over 500 votes. New State Senator elected as well.
State Republicans handling redistricting rejected alternative district maps presented by Democrats late Tuesday. That's even though the Democratic maps would have kept Republican strongholds. Instead the House GOP passed its own redistricting plan which now heads to the full House for a vote.
The state is moving forward to satisfy part of the national healthcare reform act. A panel voted to begin creating an online exchange Tuesday. The exchange is an online resource that would help people without health insurance get a good deal on coverage.