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2011 Legislative Session wraps up on April 14

Although the 2011 Legislative Session ends on April 14, we will be called back into Special Session this summer to handle redistricting of state Senate, House and Congressional districts based on the 2010 census.

April 06, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Of plates and cups and related things

It's funny how analogies or metaphorical sayings can seemingly stem from the same basis, but have different meanings. For example, one would expect that having a full plate and a full cup would both indicate blessings or something good. Not the case.

April 06, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Senate passes balanced spending, continues working on tax reform

Since the recession hit in 2007, the Georgia legislature has been faced with balancing the state budget amid sharply declining revenues. We are constitutionally prohibited from spending more than we take in, which prevents us from running up a trillion dollar deficit like the federal government. Smart financial planning is crucial for any government, just as it is for every family.

April 06, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Say ‘no’ to regional airport

In response to Karen Wilson's letter to the editor, I was encouraged to write one of my own.

March 30, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Good job on pause

I agree with recent letter writers, Karen Wilson and Arlene McClure regarding the formation of a regional airport authority.

March 30, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Last chance for Georgia

The Georgia Legislative session will end soon, but it may not be too late for the residents of Georgia if they make some changes quickly.

March 30, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Easier to agree on what we don’t want

It's a whole lot easier getting agreement at this point on what we don't want to see in the tax reform bill than what we do. I have received dozens of e-mails asking me not to vote for HB 385 because the Council on Tax Reform recommended taxing some of their favorite things.

March 30, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Bill will increase efficiency

We worked hard this session to balance the state budget and make necessary spending cuts while continuing to provide vital services for Georgians.

March 23, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Surveys help establish needs of community

Over the past three years we have made every effort to monitor the concerns and needs of the residents and to make appropriate adjustments in how we operate. One of the tools we have utilized to gauge what you expect from us is to conduct electronic surveys of customers in our planning and development office, the parks and at other locations in county government.

March 23, 2011 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Stop creation of the airport authority

The 1,500 acre annexation in 2007 drove a spear into the heart of Dawson County.

March 23, 2011 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Are you ready to turn purple?

Purple is already a color that reminds us of Spring, as well as the Lenten season, but did you know that purple is a color that restores faith and hope to so many who are fighting cancer in our community?

March 23, 2011 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Legislature reaches important deadline on Crossover Day

Crossover Day marks an important milestone in the legislative process. It falls on Day 30 of the 40-day legislative session and is the last day that bills can cross from one chamber to another.

March 23, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


In the present, voices from the past

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of America's Civil War.

March 16, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Legislature preserves HOPE, debates billboard legislation

The legislature took the final step this week in preserving Georgia's greatest gift to its students, the HOPE Scholarship.

March 16, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


’12 budget is passed by House

March 16, is Crossover Day and Day 30 of our 40-day legislative session. For the remaining 10 days, each body of the general assembly will only consider bills passed by the other body. Before the night is over, the House will have considered close to 100 bills.

March 16, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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Week’s focus on legislation

We returned to the Gold Dome for the ninth week of the 2014 legislative session on March 10. In that week, we focused on reviewing, debating and voting upon legislation that had already been passed by our counterparts in the Senate. Many pieces of the Senate's legislation were reviewed by committees throughout the week. Other pieces of Senate legislation made it through the committee process and on to the House floor for a vote.

March 19, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Celebrating life, legacy of journalist

I was at the sausage-making plant last week, better known as the Georgia General Assembly. I was there for a good cause. The state Senate was honoring Dick Pettys, one of the finest journalists to walk through the doors of the state Capitol, and I was asked to be a part of that special day.

March 19, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Solving a problem that doesn’t exist

The scene: I-16 near Dublin. Waaangh! Reep! Reep! Reep!

March 12, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Crossover Day critical point

March 3 marked the 30th legislative day of the 2014 session. Known as "Crossover Day," the critical point in the session is the last chance for bills to pass the legislative chamber from which they originated.

March 12, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Rally time at the Capitol

Some of you might remember a popular song from the '80s called "The Final Countdown."

March 12, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Bills relate to child welfare

Last week consisted of an important few days, as it was the last week for bills to pass out of committees, since "Crossover Day" was on Monday.

March 05, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


What’s next on the agenda

This week, the Georgia General Assembly hit an important deadline: Crossover Day.

March 05, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Senator working to improve education

As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, there is compromise legislation pending in the General Assembly regarding the Common Core curriculum, the controversial program which seeks to establish consistent education standards across the country.

March 05, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Ken Newell did much for Dawson County

I had the pleasure of knowing Ken Newell for the past eight years. Ken was a well-liked and respected man, and had a real love for the people of Dawson County.

February 26, 2014 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Legislator barking up wrong tree

The Cherokee County Republican Party has a blurb on its website about Rep. Sam Moore, who won the 22nd District house seat earlier this month following the death of veteran lawmaker Calvin Hill. Among other tidbits about Moore are his hobbies, including this: "Playing jokes ... watch out. You have been warned."

February 26, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Education is top priority

The snow and ice melted from Winter Storm Pax, and we returned to Capitol Hill on Feb. 17. This was the sixth week of the 2014 legislative session and an important one. This past week, we passed the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, as well as many other significant pieces of legislation.

February 26, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A solution to child welfare system

State projects are often hindered by two things: Personnel needs and a lack of funding. We do not have an unlimited bank account or line of credit, and every taxpayer dollar counts. This means we often look to creative methods to bring in the employees and technology needed to address Georgia's biggest needs.

February 25, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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