Archive for June, 2009

Sen. Don Balfour Congratulates Georgia Gwinnett College on Accreditation

ATLANTA (June 25, 2009) – Sen. Don Balfour (R- Snellville) today congratulated Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) on achieving accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). GGC is Georgia’s newest four-year college, and the nation’s first four-year college founded in the 21st century.

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Sen. Judson Hill Says Federal Health Reform Efforts Trample States’ Rights

ATLANTA (June 24, 2009) – Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta) this week joined his colleagues of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in passing a resolution deeming federal health reform anti-competitive and oppressive to states’ rights. Federal efforts to establish a Medicare-modeled “public plan” and a national health insurance exchange would trample states’ rights and lead Americans down the road to single-payer health care, said ALEC, a nonpartisan organization of 1,800 state legislators nationwide.

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Sen. Orrock Joins Legislative Delegation in Washington to Urge Action on Health Care Reform

Sen. Orrock meets with U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and state Sen. Sharon Treat (D-ME) before a news conference on health care reform.

Sen. Orrock meets with U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and state Sen. Sharon Treat (D-ME) before a news conference on health care reform.

ATLANTA (June 19, 2009) – Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) this week joined a delegation of state leaders on Capitol Hill to deliver a letter to the White House and Congress urging comprehensive health care reform within the year. The letter, which was signed by over 700 state legislators from 48 states, including Sen. Orrock and 12 other Georgia legislators, called for the federal reform bill to include the choice of a public health insurance option, strong affordability protections, and shared responsibility for health care costs.

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Take Advantage of a Staycation in North Georgia

Sen. Chip Pearson

Sen. Chip Pearson

By Sen. Chip Pearson
ATLANTA (June 19, 2009) – Kids are out of school and ready for their summer vacation. But right now, most families are more worried about keeping a steady paycheck and putting food on the table than booking costly airline tickets or hotel rooms. Pricy vacations are going by the wayside while family budgets feel the pinch of a downward economy. The staycation trend created last year by high gas prices and a worsening economy is still a popular alternative this summer. In fact, 35 percent of workers said they will not take a vacation this year when asked by CareerBuilder.com’s annual vacation survey.

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Johnson: Statement Regarding DOT Leadership

Sen. Eric Johnson

Sen. Eric Johnson

SAVANNAH (June 18, 2009) – Sen. Eric Johnson (R-Savannah) made the following statement regarding Rep. Vance Smith (R-Pine Mountain) being unanimously elected as Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner and Todd Long being appointed the Director of Planning for the GDOT. The planning director position was created by the General Assembly this spring with the passage of Senate Bill 200.

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