With only days left in this year’s legislative session, lawmakers are pushing comprehensive tax reform legislation through the General Assembly.
A joint committee introduced a massive tax reform bill Monday that would reduce taxes.
When President Barack Obama leaves Atlanta this evening after three fundraising events, he’s likely taking hundreds of thousands of dollars with him. But winning Georgia’s votes in November might be a different story.
Georgia lawmakers are revising a bill that opponents say is almost certain to land in federal court. It would require welfare recipients to take a drug test before receiving benefits. Its sponsor says the measure would save taxpayers money but others say it’s unconstitutional.
Georgia’s labor commissioner wants lawmakers to okay jobless benefit changes. The plan would help re-pay $700 million the state borrowed to cover unemployment reserves. But the measure appears stalled in the House.
State Senators have weakened a bill that would require the state to spend fees on their intended purposes.
The original version would have forced the state to cut the tire fee and other fees according to how much lawmakers appropriated for the purpose in the previous year.
GOP supporters of a bill that would allow the state to approve charter schools are still hoping the state Senate will vote on it before the legislative session ends. But Senate Democrats say they are unified against the legislation.
A State House committee heard testimony Tuesday supporting a bill that would lift the ban on hunting with a silencer.
But some are questioning whether the proposed law would make it easier for people to commit a crime or poach animals without getting caught.
The Senate education committee unanimously passed a bill Monday that would revoke bonuses for Georgia teachers who cheat on standardized tests.
The Democratic-backed legislation now goes to the full Senate for a vote before heading to the governor's desk.