Theft of copper and other metals is getting a lot of attention in the General Assembly this year.
At least three bills in the legislature aim to strengthen regulations in hopes of stemming losses from metal theft.
On Thursday, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced plans to ask Congress to scale back the military. The BRAC, or Base Realignment And Closure requests would be for 2013 and 2015. If approved the military could close bases, including some in Georgia.
State House Speaker David Ralston announced Wednesday that lawmakers will begin accepting feedback about Georgia regulations from small business owners.
The so-called “red tape watch” will collect any and all comments from the public.
State lawmakers are split over how to fix the HOPE college scholarship’s finances, with some pushing an income cap. By 2016, officials project the award will cover less than half of the University of Georgia’s tuition and fees.
The Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court says the state’s goal of boosting the number of so-called accountability courts will increase public safety. Justice Carol Hunstein made the remarks to the state legislature in her annual State of the Judiciary Wednesday.
State Democrats want to repeal Georgia’s controversial immigration law. And they’re drafting several bills aimed at making state government more responsive and transparent. They unveiled their legislative agenda Tuesday at the state Capitol.