Archive for December, 2008

Sen. John Douglas Pre-Files Legislation to Protect Children from Sexual Predators

ATLANTA (December 30, 2008) – State Senator John Douglas (R-Social Circle) has pre-filed Senate Bill 14 to help protect school children from sexual predators. The bill simply amends current state law by adding that no one on the National Sex Offender Registry or the state sexual offender registry can be elected to serve on a local board of education.

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The Gift of Christmas

By Sen. Chip Pearson

Sen. Chip Pearson

Sen. Chip Pearson

ATLANTA (December 19, 2008) – During this hopeful season we are reminded of the many blessings we enjoy, and we renew our sense of what is important in our lives. We gather with our family and friends to share old traditions and create new ones.

The news tells us stories of families’ Christmas celebrations being less this year due to economic hardships. We hear, “How do I tell my children that there will be less presents under the tree?” (more…)

Senate Bankruptcy Homestead Exemption Study Committee Continue Reform Discussion

ATLANTA (December 22, 2008) – State Senator Ed Tarver (D-Augusta) called to order the Senate Exemptions for the Purpose of Bankruptcy Study Committee’s second meeting Thursday at the Capitol. The panel heard testimony from Chapter 13 bankruptcy and mortgage industry representatives who believe any revision to the current homestead exemption policy in Georgia, currently at $10,000, need to be approached cautiously and with provisions. (more…)

Sen. Regina Thomas Ends Senate Term in January

ATLANTA – (December 18, 2008) Sen. Regina Thomas (D-Savannah) will end her term as state Senator of the 2nd District on January 11, 2009. Sen. Thomas has represented District 2 for almost 15 years, first serving in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 1998 and then in the Senate beginning in 2000. Senator-Elect Lester Jackson (D-Savannah) will succeed Thomas on January 12, 2009, when the legislative session convenes.

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Sen. Jones to be Featured on FOX Sports Pre-game Show

ATLANTA – (December 18, 2008) Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur) was interviewed by FOX Sports this week regarding his leadership in changing Georgia sex offender laws so they are appropriately applied to the crimes committed. The cases of Marcus Dixon and Genarlow Wilson, both charged with sexual offenses after having teenage consensual sex, demonstrated the need for sentencing reform. Dixon now plays for the Dallas Cowboys. Sen. Jones’ interview will air this Sunday, December 21 at 12:00 p.m. on the Fox Sports network.

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