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.
U.S Representatives Jack Kingston and John Barrow are both from Savannah. One's a Democrat. One's a Republican. But they're both watching the redistricting process closely. Each has much to lose.
A major commuter rail project that would involve a quarter of the state’s transportation districts—is on life support. The proposed Atlanta-to-Griffin-to-middle Georgia line might not go before voters next year. The state’s 12 region roundtables had until midnight Monday to pare-down their project lists to fit within projected revenues from a proposed regional penny sales tax. While the two regions south of Atlanta ok’d the projects (Middle Georgia and Three Rivers) needed to link the passenger line together, Atlanta’s did not.
In only the second day of the state's legislative redistricting process, tensions erupted in the Georgia Senate Tuesday as Democrats accused their Republican colleagues of shutting them out and not allowing them to present alternate maps to a plan that could see a vote as soon as this week.
Attorneys for the state of Georgia say they've appealed a federal judge's decision blocking parts of the state's law cracking down on illegal immigration. Spokeswoman Lauren Kane says the appeal was filed Monday with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.