Georgia legislators are wrapping up their work redrawing the state's political boundaries. Redistricting is expected to be completed on Wednesday as the state Senate votes on a new congressional map that adds a 14th district in northeast Georgia. The House has already approved the map.
The redistricting special session continues Thursday for lawmakers at the state Capitol, with both the House and Senate chambers set for votes on the new maps. Lawmakers will also decide whether to give their approval to Governor Nathan Deal’s decision to block an increase in the state’s gas tax.
In only the second day of the state's legislative redistricting process, tensions erupted in the Georgia Senate Tuesday as Democrats accused their Republican colleagues of shutting them out and not allowing them to present alternate maps to a plan that could see a vote as soon as this week.
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.
Georgia Power has been unable to agree with the Public Service Commission's staff on a proposal to cut the utility's earnings if the cost of building a new nuclear plant in eastern Georgia runs over budget. Now, the electric company wants the elected PSC members who will meet Thursday to scrap the plan.
State lawmakers only have seven working days left in this year’s legislative session. Monday, they reconvene for day-34 on the calendar. It begins a full five-day week. Within their work, legislators will cast final votes on some key issues, including the budget, Sunday alcohol sales and possibly immigration.
Thousands of people gathered in front of the Georgia state Capitol Thursday to protest proposed immigration laws. They waved signs, chanted and cheered as speakers addressed the crowd. Police estimated the crowd at roughly 5,000.