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.
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.
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.
In response to Karen Wilson's letter to the editor, I was encouraged to write one of my own.
I agree with recent letter writers, Karen Wilson and Arlene McClure regarding the formation of a regional airport authority.
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.
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.
We worked hard this session to balance the state budget and make necessary spending cuts while continuing to provide vital services for Georgians.
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.
The 1,500 acre annexation in 2007 drove a spear into the heart of Dawson County.
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?
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.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of America's Civil War.
The legislature took the final step this week in preserving Georgia's greatest gift to its students, the HOPE Scholarship.
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.
The scene: I-16 near Dublin. Waaangh! Reep! Reep! Reep!
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.
Some of you might remember a popular song from the '80s called "The Final Countdown."
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.
This week, the Georgia General Assembly hit an important deadline: Crossover Day.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.