The state’s ethics commission unveiled a plan Friday to overhaul the way it operates. Commissioners said they want to contract with a private attorney to handle regulatory and compliance questions from candidates, officials and the public. The commission also would hire a second auditor and the two would handle complaints and investigations, with legal help from the state attorney general’s office.
The chairman of Georgia's ethics commission says he won't resign. A complaint was filed alleging Patrick Millsaps is illegally serving on the commission, citing state law which says that members of the panel may not serve more than one complete term.
Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens wants a revamped state Sunshine law that would stiffen penalties and increase enforcement. He spoke Thursday at the Atlanta Press Club about changes he has proposed. But he has no plans to suggest the legislators and the Governor be subject to the law.
Birmingham, Alabama's Jefferson County is considering defaulting on loans for water and sewer projects. No Georgia county faces a similar problem. But revenues and financing options for big water and sewer upgrades are both drying up
Congress’s failure to extend the Federal Aviation Administration’s funding has blocked some airport projects. And the lack of a long-term funding agreement for the FAA is limiting airport directors’ ability to plan.
Georgia’s Congressional delegation appears divided on whether to vote for the debt resolution plan being re-worked in the U.S. House. Of note among Georgia’s 5 Democratic congressmen, Hank Johnson and David Scott are ‘NO’ or leaning ‘NO’. The others are reviewing changes being made, or did not return messages by air time.
Officials at the Savannah River site near Augusta say it’s too early to tell how a new federal report will affect storage of spent nuclear fuel at the facility. President Obama’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future released its findings today.
Governor Nathan Deal says failure to reach an agreement on debt ceiling will cause serious problems for Georgia. Federal government funds nearly one third of state's budget. Medicaid would be hit hardest.
Agriculture and hospitality industry officials told state Senators Wednesday that the new immigration bill continues to hurt Georgia companies. One official said some businesses are beginning to avoid hiring people with ethnic last names.
A conservative state lawmaker known for his plethora of “no” votes has died. Rep. Bobby Franklin was found dead at his home in Marietta. He was 56. Franklin was elected to the statehouse in 1996.