With the state house and senate legislative district maps approved, lawmakers turn their attention to congressional district maps Monday.Their main task will be deciding where to put a new congressional district.
The vice chairman of the state ethics commission has resigned, saying he's considering a run for the state Senate.
Josh Belinfante said Friday he submitted his resignation to Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this week.
The state House Thursday ratified Gov. Nathan Deal’s decision to temporarily suspend a 1.6-cent state gas tax increase.
The bill passed 150 to 10. The Senate plans to take it up next week.
Consumers continue to pay about 13 cents in state gas taxes when they go to the pump.
The Republican-controlled state House and Senate approved new district maps Thursday (see below) that were identical to what the party had proposed four days ago when a special legislative session began.
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert beat former Mayor Jack Ellis in a runoff election Tuesday.
The race was close with Reichert getting just 51 percent of ballots cast.
With no Republican on the November ballot Reichert will serve a second term in office.
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, and maintained that party's wide majority.
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.