Scott says 38-billion in cuts was not enough. He wanted 100-billion or more. Scott says cuts alone cannot fix budget, must grow GDP.
Workers at the Savannah River Site near Augusta are preparing to send equipment to Japan that could help stabilize the country’s tsnumai-damaged nuclear reactors. The shipment will include materials for treating radioactive water.
Four months after he was stripped of much of his power, popular incumbent Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was looking to reconcile with his Republican colleagues. In a letter to GOP senators dated Thursday, Cagle proposed a return of some of the powers he lost in the weeks after he was overwhelmingly re-elected. The 2011 General Assembly ended this week with no clear path to a solution as both sides remained bitterly opposed — although they both acknowledged the leadership structure would have to change.
A South Georgia Superior Court court judge is publicly confronting accusations made by public radio's This American Life. Host Ira Glass broadcast a report last month saying, Brunswick Judge Amanda Williams hands out drug court sentences not-in-keeping with judicial norms.
The measure would require employers to check immigration status of employees. The bill allows police officers to check the immigration status of people stopped for traffic violations. It also forces many companies to check the citizenship of new hires. It’s among many bills approved in the final hours of the legislative session that wrapped up last night.
Lawmakers finished up this year’s legislative session late Thursday night. But they will be back at the state Capitol this summer for a special session on redistricting. And Gov. Nathan Deal will decide what else is on the agenda.
The 2011 General Assembly wrapped up on midnight Thursday with numerous bills receiving final passage on the final day of the legislative session.
Unemployment benefits were extended for some Georgians in the final days of the legislative session.
State lawmakers at the 11th hour agreed to a small change to state unemployment law. It will allow 22,000 Georgians to receive an additional 20 weeks of unemployment benefits.
A bill that would allow the elderly to remain in assisted living centers will head to Governor Nathan Deal for this signature. Under current Georgia law, seniors are sometimes moved to nursing homes unwillingly when they are no longer mobile or can’t take their medications.