Today is crossover day at the state Capitol. That’s when bills must pass either chamber or won’t have a chance to become law until next year. Most of the big issues have already made it across. Changing HOPE's college scholarship and pre-kindergarten funding, immigration reform and the 2012 budget are three major challenges lawmakers came to the Gold Dome to address,
Just three weeks after unveiling legislation to overhaul the state's cash-strapped HOPE scholarship, Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the measure into law. The new Republican governor made fixing the landmark scholarship a centerpiece of his legislative agenda this session. The program had been set to go broke as lottery proceeds failed to keep pace with rising tuition and soaring college enrollment.
A cut to the amount businesses pay into the unemployment trust fund, a bill to expand mental health courts, and legislation to green light special needs scholarship waivers are part of the early action from Day-29 of the 40-day General Assembly session.
The budget plan for Georgia's next fiscal year is ready for a House vote. Meanwhile, the bill to revamp and save the state's HOPE scholarship program has cleared both chambers of the Geneal Assembly, and is ready for Governor Nathan Deal's signature.
Hot debate in the state Senate yielded passage of the bill to revamp the HOPE program. Other bills getting the green light in Wednesday's General Assembly session - legislation for clear-cutting of trees around billboards, and
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has taken a small first step toward a presidential run in 2012. Gingrich said Thursday he would run on a campaign of creating more jobs in the U.S., and shrinking the size of the federal government.
An illegal immigration bill passes the House, while a new bill on where gun owners can carry makes a re-appearance. Also, Georgia's attorney general weighs-in on the issue of whether allowing voters to decide on Sunday alcohol sales is constitutional.
There’s a new effort underway at the state Capitol to push for a permanent trauma care network funding source. It’s still connected to vehicle registration fees—but with a twist. The measure revived this week by Douglas Republican Greg Goggans in the state Senate would peel-off $10 from the sale of each license tag and direct it into a dedicated trauma fund.