• Day 31 (Tuesday, March 30): Having passed the deadline where bills originating in the Senate can be passed over to the House, we began concentrating on those House bills that have been sent to us this year as well as bills left over from last year. But before we started the official business of the day, we took time to honor a popular country music star from Douglas, Jennifer Nettles, of the musical group Sugarland.
This is an open letter to the staff and volunteers of the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service (MAREX) on Skidaway Island and particularly to those involved in the re-establishment of Georgia's oyster fishery.
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division had a closed-door meeting Wednesday in Savannah on the $30 million wastewater treatment facility proposed by the Liberty County Development Authority.
I have a lot of r espect for third-term State Sen. Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone.) Sen. Chance's father, Louie, and I grew up in College Park and I know for a fact the young man comes from good stock. Louie Chance is a Great American.
Day 28 (Monday, March 22): The historic vote last night by the U.S. House of Representatives to pass national health care reform has the Capitol abuzz this morning. While some are happy, others are in disbelief, and almost all are wondering what the financial impact on our state will be. While serving as the Mayor of Pooler for nine years, I was always resentful of programs created by the State that resulted in financial burdens for cities. As a state legislator, I am even more leery of federal programs and their financial impact on our state. Whether coincidental or ...
The Georgia General assembly adjourned on Friday, Crossover Day, and the 30th legislative day of the 2010 session. As I write this weekly update on Friday, we hav e not yet adjourned for the day and session is expected to last throughout the evening as we debate legislation. As we began the day on Friday, we had 36 Bills and Resolutions and more will be added throughout the day. As far as the Fiscal Year 2011 budget, subcommittee meetings will continue next week as we work to finalize the House version of the budget. In session for three days this ...
ObamaCare is not destined to survive as it was voted into law. The reason? Simple, most people don't want it.
Last week, 200 Savannah-area educators learned they were losing their jobs. Some probably had it coming. Most probably did not.
The Georgia Legislature is quickly approaching the end of the 2010 session. We wrapped up last week with day 30, known as "crossover day" and the last day for Senate bills to pass over to the House. The Senate has passed many bills important to saving taxpayers' money, protecting public safety, protecting Georgian's health-care rights and dealing with Internet fraud. The following are some bills that may be of particular interest to you and your families:
Layoffs. Crumbling budgets. Foreclosures. Rising unemployment. Crisis. These words pepper the headlines of newspapers across the nation. And unfortunately, Georgia too. Today, our state faces a financial crossroads: either we continue down the same worn path of fiscal mismanagement or we pave a new road of fiscal sanity for Georgia.
This is an open letter to Allen Davis, president of the Coastal Estuary Protection Association, Inc.
Can you put a price on sight? A limb? A healthy newborn? The Georgia Supreme Court says no.
Even conceding our state's seemingly clueless attitude toward understanding the importance of education to Georgia's future prosperity, our politicians and bureaucrats are going to have a hard time screwing up the College of Coastal Georgia. The institution simply has too much going for it.
It occurred to me while planning for Pesach - Passover - this week, there are fellow Jews out there who may be alone or separated from family on this major Jewish holiday.
Dear Senator Carter,
My fellow Americans, it is with a heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for president of the United States in 2016.
Editor, It is mindboggling to me to hear Liberty County Board of Education members and Liberty County School System administrators talk of the millions of dollars tossed about our school district's budget during school-board meetings, work sessions and public forums as if it's no big deal. According to information presented by the district, our revenues for the 2013-14 school year were $92,203,140, and our expenditures were $98,130,080 - meaning, our school board authorized $5,926,940 in overspending. However, the board continued to operate in the same manner for the first half of the 2014-15 ...
Many people have crossed the path of my life, but only one crossed it from three different directions. Don Light, one of Nashville's most admired powerbrokers and star-makers, was meant to be part of my life. I said this repeatedly because I encountered him through friends in country music, Southern gospel and NASCAR racing.
Sometimes a man, despite his best efforts, doesn't find his destiny. Try as he might, down through the earnest years of his life, he chases it and even can believe he has it, only to awaken one morning and discover he doesn't - that what he has is an illusion, a mirage that he tried to turn into reality.
The activity surrounding each legislative session is always a combination of fast action with periods of slow-moving, tedious meetings as legislation is researched, deliberated and reconciled before the actual vote. This session was no different, and each day was used to the fullest as we set our sights on tackling some tough issues for the betterment of our state. The following is a summary of some of the major accomplishments and most-significant legislation passed this session.
On Wednesday, Liberty County residents will join millions of people around the world in celebrating the Earth on Earth Day.
There will be a public hearing Tuesday in Richmond Hill held by the Georgia Department of Transportation in reference to the proposed pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to install along the entire coast of Georgia. It is important that Coastal Georgia residents attend.
Lawmakers passed a nearly $22 billion spending plan that includes about $900 million in new revenues, consumed for the most part by school-enrollment growth, increasing retirement benefit-plan expenses for state employees and about $288 million to reduce an austerity cut for public schools. The 2016 budget also increases the local school-district cost of insurance for bus drivers and other non-certified school workers by more than $100 million, so it remains to be seen how much of the $288 million is used for teacher raises and undoing recession-era cuts.
Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this Earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)
As expected, transportation funding and the governor's proposal to address persistently failing public schools dominated Georgia's legislative session. The measures passed, yet several opportunities to address critical economic issues were missed.