Archive for April, 2009

Governor signs Sen. Adelman’s Darfur Contract Ban into Law

ATLANTA (April 29, 2009) – A bill that will impose financial sanctions on the Government of Sudan by prohibiting Georgia state government entities from entering into contracts with companies that have certain Sudanese business interests was signed into law by Governor Sonny Perdue Wednesday at the State Capitol. State Senator David Adelman (D-Decatur) authored this bi-partisan legislation (Senate Bill 170) which is an important step toward stopping the mass genocide taking place in the Sudanese southern region of Darfur. (more…)

Senator Rogers’ Streamlined Appeals Bill Becomes Law

Governor Perdue Signs Senate Bill 240

ATLANTA (April 30, 2009) – A measure to help Georgia property owners has been signed into law by Governor Sonny Perdue. The legislation authored by Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) allows property owners to take assessment disputes directly to arbitration. The law is designed to bypass lengthy government processes and finally put property owners and government on equal footing when determining valuation disputes. (more…)

Governor Signs Sen. Smith’s Life without Parole Bill

ATLANTA (April 29, 2009) – Governor Sonny Perdue today signed Sen. Preston Smith’s (R-Rome) legislation (SB 13) to expand sentencing options in murder cases. Prosecutors will now have the option to seek sentences of life imprisonment without parole in non-death penalty cases.


Governor Signs Sen. Wiles’ Family Victims’ Rights Legislation

ATLANTA (April 29, 2009) – Governor Sonny Perdue today signed into law Sen. John Wiles’ (R-Kennesaw) legislation (SB 151) giving family members of crime victims greater options in how they present their testimony before a jury. Under current law, family members are only allowed to deliver a victim impact statement by reading a written testimonial.


Sen. Orrock Honored for Public Service by the Latin American Association

ATLANTA (April 23, 2009) – Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) today received the Latin American Association’s (LAA) award for Outstanding Public Service and Leadership at the organization’s 20th annual Compañeros Awards Luncheon, held at the Georgia Aquarium. Every year, LAA recognizes exceptional community leaders and this year chose to honor those who have made a difference in the lives of Georgia’s Hispanic children, teens and families.