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.
The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Authority has voted to extend its negotiations with Halls of Fame Inc. of Macon until July 31. The authority is negotiating to transfer the operations of the museum to Halls of Fame Inc., the lone group to submit a bid to take over the museum.
State lawmakers are holding a special meeting to address the Georgia Supreme Court ruling that overturned part of the state's charter school law. State Sen. Fran Millar scheduled the meeting Friday to discuss what plans education officials and lawmakers are developing to respond to the ruling.
State lawmakers are planning to meet next week to hammer out solutions for more than a dozen charter schools that face closing after a Georgia Supreme Court ruled the state commission that created them is unconstitutional.
Local school districts are in the midst of crafting their budgets for the next calendar year in the fall. But whether districts can avoid more teacher furloughs may depend on how much federal money they were able to save from last year.
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.
A proposal to expand casino-like video lottery terminals to help fund the HOPE Scholarship program appears to be dead. When Governor Nathan Deal unveiled his own plan to fix HOPE this week, he rejected expanding gambling. And that pleased officials on Jekyll Island, where Republican State Representative Ron Stephens of Savannah proposed putting terminals.
A House panel has approved a bill that would pave the way for stores in Georgia to sell alcohol on Sundays. The House Regulated Industries Committee approved the measure Wednesday. A similar bill has already cleared a key Senate panel.