The fifth week of the legislative session was extremely productive and again we deliberated about a vast range of topics. A few weeks ago I wrote about HB 724, a bill that I co-sponsored, that would require earlier notices of the release of violent criminals put on parole.
I had the privilege to speak to several hundred educators in Atlanta last week. I was there to talk about my experiences as a member of the Education Reform Commission but, as is my wont, I soon deviated off the purpose for which I had been invited to speak and into unchartered waters. Which raises a question: Why do I spend so much time preparing speeches if I am not going to use them? I must ask myself that sometime. I would be interested in the answer.
In the fourth week of the legislative session much of our focus was on issues that affect daily family living. Many in our community are considered the "sandwich generation," which means they are taking care of children as well as elderly parents. Perhaps this describes your situation.
February 17, 2016|
By state Rep. Bill Hitchens
As you will see from the long list of legislation introduced and the growing list of bills passed, the 2016 General Assembly is in full swing and moving towards the halfway mark. January revenues came in and continue to show strong results. An overall growth of 10 percent netted down to 6.4 percent when the new transportation revenues are subtracted.
An alert to Georgia public school teachers: Keep a close watch on these two legislators. First, Jan Jones, R-Milton, Speaker Pro Tem in the House of Representatives, evidently isn't buying a report from State School Superintendent Richard Wood and the Georgia Department of Education that shows 44 percent of new teachers leave the profession within five years and that two out of three teachers surveyed said they were unlikely or very unlikely to recommend teaching as a profession. Jones observed that teachers leaving the classroom is simply a "natural post-recession workforce adjustment." This is the same Jan Jones who ...
The General Assembly reconvened Monday, Feb. 1, to start our fourth week of the 2016 legislative session. With a month of session behind us, we are hard at work studying, debating and voting on legislation that will have a positive impact for our citizens.
February 10, 2016|
By state Rep. Jon Burns
The Senate moved the amended FY16 budget along, working on slight changes. The philosophy behind the amended budget has evolved into the interim budget being a "true-up" bringing in line actual expenditures, funding unforeseen contingencies and critical needs. Generally, new programs or expenditures are reserved for the competitive process in the general budget.
February 10, 2016|
By state Sen. Jack Hill
Two years ago, Secretary of State Brian Kemp began his push to set up an "SEC Primary" for a simple reason: he wanted the world to pay more attention to Georgia and the South in an important presidential election year.