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Promoting justice and improving driver safety

This session, I had the privilege of helping pass legislation that I believe will help secure justice for crime victims and help enhance public safety for all Georgians. A summary of these legislative measures is set forth below, for your review and information:

May 25, 2016 | By state Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion


Support for military, vets strong in ’16

As a pro-military state, Georgia has a close relationship with active duty soldiers, reservists and guardsmen as well as with veterans. This relationship has been demonstrated in steadfast support for military bases around the state, especially in times where base evaluations were taking place. Every year, the Governor and General Assembly address issues facing military families and try to improve conditions for those on duty, for those leaving the service and for veterans.

May 25, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


A terrorist who deserves our thanks

There is a terrorist living in my neighborhood and I couldn't be prouder. You may remember that I shared with you the story of Col. Frank Gleason sometime back, but as we prepare to commemorate Memorial Day on Monday, his is a tale worth repeating.

May 25, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Fighting a battle they’re sure to lose

This is one of those times when I feel like I'm watching the movie "Groundhog Day." The same things keep happening over and over, with the same ending.

May 25, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Lawmakers boost economic development, job creation

As your state representative, and as Majority Leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, it has been my goal to pass common-sense legislation that improves the economic well-being and quality of life for those in my community and around the state.

May 18, 2016 | By Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion


Public safety and security a priority

Both in legislation and in budgetary initiatives, public safety and security of Georgia's citizens occupied a central role in the legislative and budgetary action of the 2016 General Assembly.

May 18, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Random thoughts on random subjects

Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) was arrested in the city of Clayton in early April and charged with driving under the influence, possession of an open container of alcohol and driving 72 mph in a 45 mph zone with four exchange students in tow.

May 18, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Will the ‘Trump effect’ cost Georgia incumbents?

Whether you like or dislike Donald Trump, there's no question he has pulled off an impressive political feat.

May 18, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Finding a cure for prescription drug abuse

Before my election to Congress, I served more than 30 years as a community pharmacist. In that time, I witnessed and participated in some of the greatest advancements in the history of medicine.

May 18, 2016 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion


A look at pre-k and k-12 education

In my family, we firmly believe that a good education and hard work are keys to future success. As a result, supporting our schools and advocating for our teachers, students and administrators have been priorities of mine since I began my legislative career.

May 11, 2016 | By Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion


A look at the governor’s vetoes

Not since 2007, when then Gov. Sonny Perdue vetoed 41 bills, has there been such a wide range of vetoes covering both controversial issues and other "below the radar" issues, all with constituencies.

May 11, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Could vetoes impact education reform?

A governor's got to do what a governor's got to do, but Gov. Nathan Deal's veto of the Campus Carry bill and the Religious Reform bill makes me wonder if I wasted a year of my life in an effort that is not going to go unpunished.

May 11, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Dear Editor, The citizens of Effingham County deserve a Superior Court Judge who has the character,

The casual political observer might be asking this question after taking in the events of the past few weeks: When did Nathan Deal become a liberal Democrat?

May 11, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Legislation to support veterans

I believe it is essential that we, as Americans, honor the men and women in our armed forces that selflessly serve our country and risk their lives to protect our freedoms. Honoring our troops and supporting our military veterans has been one of my primary objectives since I was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. And as Majority Leader in the House, I was honored to help pass several bills this year to support our veterans.

May 04, 2016 | By Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion


Heavy legislative year for Human Services

Quite a few legislative changes were made to improve services to children and to enhance protections of children and seniors. For the first time in a number of years, most providers received rate increases and many programs aiding the disabled, handicapped, children and seniors received additional funding.

May 04, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


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Revenue increase approaches $1B

June state revenues of $1.9 billion capped an incredible year for Georgia with total collections over $20.8 billion. June was a positive month ...

July 20, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


No question the Answer Man has the answers

Hey, boys and girls! What time is it? It's time for Answer Man! The show where we delve into inquiring minds and show you ...

July 20, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


It’s safer to stay away from a convention

You can understand why people were reluctant to attend the Republican national convention in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena this week, or for that matter ...

July 20, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


How new transportation funds are being spent

Virtually all states that Georgia competes with are struggling to meet the transportation needs of the present and into the future. The passage of HB ...

July 13, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Time to lower the rhetoric and start the healing

Have we gone totally, completely insane? It is not bad enough that the specter of Islamic terrorism hangs over us like a toxic cloud, now ...

July 13, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Clarkston goes down a grassy slope

When Mayor Ted Terry talks about the recent decision by him and the Clarkston City Council to dramatically reduce the penalty for the possession of ...

July 13, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Expand access to care, not Medicaid

Those addressing Georgia's uninsured and failing hospitals seem stuck between two options: expanding a government program (Medicaid) with its own long list of challenges ...

July 13, 2016 | By Kelly McCutchen | Opinion


Most bills in effect July 1

Every year, much is made of the July 1 effective date of new laws passed by the preceding General Assembly. Truth is, most legislation is ...

July 06, 2016 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


The Supreme Court sends a message

More than four decades have passed since the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision that made abortions legal, but the pro-life movement is ...

July 06, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Add parks and historic sites to state’s brag book

I am late getting to this subject with summer whizzing along but not so much so that we can't still squeeze it in the ...

July 06, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Can it get worse? Yes, it has

There are news sources that said "there was nothing new," referring to the House Committee report on Bengazi. I beg to disagree with them. I ...

July 06, 2016 | By Ruth Lee | Opinion


Small HOPE changes and the bond sale

While there is not usually a large volume of legislation addressing higher education, any changes to the HOPE Scholarship draws a lot of attention.

June 29, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Two senators who give politics a good name

This is a bit weird. I find myself in the position of having to defend politicians. Well, not all of them, just the good ones.

June 29, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Maybe David Shafer should run for president

As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their national nominating conventions next month, it's clear that this has become one of the strangest - and most ...

June 29, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Bond rating another reason to celebrate

On June 8, the state sold $1.37 billion (net $1.026 billion) in bonds for projects around the state. The Georgia State Financing and ...

June 22, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


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