For the Georgia General Assembly, 2023 was a year when a lot of things didn't happen. There's no one policy fight that sums up 2023. Instead, 2023 may be remembered for new leaders in Lt. Gov. Burt Jones and House Speaker Jon Burns, and a struggle over who defines priorities.
Members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander legislative caucus held a news conference Tuesday morning to outline their priorities for the upcoming legislative session.
A host of organizations are setting the stage for what to watch when lawmakers return to the Gold Dome, where a radically reshaped Georgia Legislature will begin a new session on Jan. 9.
The 2023 legislative session will feature two new bipartisan caucuses where members hope to tackle issues facing the Asian American and Hispanic communities.
Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), 73rd Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, passed away today following an extended illness. He was 68 years old.
Most new laws traditionally take effect in Georgia on July 1. But this year, many of the most important measures became law as soon as Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed them. Top measures beginning Friday include a raft of conservative-inspired school legislation, and an increase in lawmaker pensions.
Time is up for the 2022 legislative session. Legislators eventually found common ground on tax cuts and the state’s spending plan, among other big ticket items, but not everything made the final gavel before the General Assembly dispersed for their hometowns across the state for a well-deserved off season.
Major legislation advanced and the Dean of the House said farewell.
The Mental Health Parity Act is headed to the governor’s desk after both the House and the Senate passed the bill unanimously on Wednesday.
On Day 35 of the legislative session, the budget was the big-ticket item in the Senate. In the House, debate ensued over a measure for parents to challenge books and materials their children read in school.
House Bill 1013, “The Mental Health Parity Act,” an 80-page bill addressing Georgia's mental health crisis, was passed overwhelmingly in the House on Tuesday.
Roughly midway through the 2022 session, many of Gov. Brian Kemp’s legislative priorities are now closer to becoming law including a one-time tax credit for families. A restriction on mail order abortion pills has also cleared the senate.
Women Lead Right, a conservative grassroots organization for suburban Atlanta female voters, held a press conference to introduce its campaign and goals.
Two hearings were held on a bill outlining a process in which parents can appeal if they feel their child is being taught lessons on race that are inappropriate. Meanwhile, another bill aiming to give parents more recourse to protest their child’s public school lessons is poised for a full House vote.
Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice David Nahmias gave his first State of the Judiciary address to the General Assembly.