A number of high profile bills have been introduced this week that are aimed at responding to the needs of our state's citizens. Georgians, along with voters across the nation, have told their elected officials loud and clear that they want smaller government and less intrusion. Here at the state level, we're working to meet that request.
Any property owner in the state of Georgia may file a "Taxpayer's Return of Real Property." If one feels the tax evaluation of their property the previous year is incorrect.
There are some organizations that would dearly love to work themselves out of existence - no longer needed. I am sure that the small group of nurses and interested residents who initiated No One Alone (then called NOA's Ark) would have been happy to think that its services would not be required 20 years later.
The senate recently voted to override former Gov. Sonny Perdue's veto of SB 1, a zero-based budget bill from the 2010 Legislative Session.
The committee process started in earnest last week. As Chairperson of the House Science and Technology Committee, I have scheduled meetings at 8 a.m. every Wednesday morning. These sessions can be watched live online or at some later time. They will be videotaped and archived for your review.
The election results at the national level in November underscored the fact that people do not want government encroaching upon their individual freedoms. One of the most personal aspects of a person's life is their decision regarding their health care needs. President Obama's health care legislation compromised fundamental constitutional rights of citizens as well increase the size of federal government. The U.S. House's vote to repeal Obamacare was a dramatic move to swing the pendulum back to common sense public policy in Washington.
Ms. Bette Holland's (Democratic Party Co-Chair) Letter to the Editor touts the wonders of Obamacare, while denigrating attempts to repeal it by people who were elected to do that very thing. As facts in Obamacare slowly ooze out, I shudder as I recall Nancy Pelosi's comment, "we have to pass the bill to know what's in the bill."
Now that I'm so old that people don't expect very much of me and compliment me on just being able to be out and about, I can admit something that many may already know: If you really don't have talents, just act as if you do.
Developing the state budget is a lot like making sausage. You have to follow the rules (recipe) carefully. Many steps are required and they have to be done in the proper order.
On behalf of the Dawson County Library, I would like to commend the Dawson County Roads Department for their admirable performance during the recent snowstorm.
Despite an icy start to this year's legislative session, I'm eagerly beginning my journey as state senator for the 51st District.
What do a snowstorm, Inaugural Address, and State of the State Address have in common? They all occurred last week in Atlanta as the General Assembly attempted to get the 2011 session underway.
Next week the new Republican Congress will act to repeal the Affordable Care Act or "ObamaCare" as the Republicans and their pundits call it.
Of course, my first message must be "Happy New Year." I do hope that 2011 will be a good one for each of you.
I trust that each of you had a blessed Christmas this year.
My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)
We began the 153rd Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly on Jan. 12. Last Monday marked the first day of the 2015-2016 term, all the members of the Georgia House of Representatives were sworn into office. We then promptly got to work on our first order of business: Electing leaders to guide the Georgia House of Representatives through our next two years of public service.
It's that time of year again.
The 2015 legislative session is off to a fast and busy start. The Georgia State Senate swore in all 56 senators last week, including 10 new freshman senators, and announced committee assignments shortly thereafter.
Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia.
Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:
When I was growing up, my parents instilled in me the importance of a good education. They both graduated from high school, but did not attend college.
I had just returned from the local toxic waste site where I had disposed of my holiday fruit cakes and was busy cramming my Christmas tree down the garbage disposal (don't ask), when I heard a knock at the door. I figured it was the Environmental Protection Agency coming to talk to me about polluting the toxic waste site with fruit cakes.
Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. It is a time to spend with family and friends and to celebrate the birth of our savior. It is also a time to reflect back over the past year and to begin to plan for the year ahead. This season I have taken time to look back over my first term serving as your State Representative.
About this time of year my family would be part of the decision to either head out to the family ranch in West Texas or not.
As 2014 winds down, all sorts of groups and individuals tend to take a look at where they've been, are, and are heading. I am not tackling that big job; I'm just tying up some of my own dangling ends.
It's Christmas again, which means we were granted another year. Ben Franklin was right: "Time is the stuff life is made of." It behooves us to give thought to its swift passage.
You may recall that I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia.
This was written in a cave somewhere in Greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper.
If you're expecting this column to deal with the recent protests, you will be surprised. Protests are, indeed, being heard, but not always in a positive way. And certainly, the violence is deplorable.
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