Archive for January, 2010

Georgia Senate Passes Hands-Free Communication Bill

Sen. Bill Heath

Today, the Georgia Senate passed the first bill of the 2010 legislative session. Sen. Bill Heath’s (R-Bremen) legislation, allowing the use of hands-free communication devices while driving a vehicle (SB 306), passed without opposition. The legislation corrects current law which currently prohibits the use of headphones.


Sen. Orrock to make Announcement on Protecting Georgia Youth from Abusive Military Recruiting Practices

WHAT: Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) will join Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield (D-Atlanta) tomorrow at the State Capitol to announce a resolution to protect Georgia youth under age 17 from military recruitment, and to provide safeguards for those 17 and older.  They will be joined the ACLU of Georgia and other activist organizations.


Sen. Preston Smith Introduces Health Insurance Reform Package

ATLANTA- (Jan. 27, 2010) – Sen. Preston Smith (R-Rome) today introduced his package of health insurance reform legislation in the Georgia State Senate, which is supported by more than 20 of his Senate colleagues.  


Zero Tolerance Discipline Policies Equal Zero Common Sense

By Sen. Emanuel Jones

ATLANTA (Jan. 27, 2010) – There is a crisis occurring in our schools, and it’s a crisis of common sense.  What else do you call it when a well-behaved, 14-year-old boy is treated like a common criminal for voluntarily turning in a pocket knife to his school principle?  The zero tolerance approach to discipline often serves only to entrap good kids into a life of crime.  I have introduced a legislative package to limit the abuse of zero tolerance policies and bring some common sense into the way schools discipline their students. 


Economic Development Panel explores what it will take to Grow Georgia’s Job Climate

ATLANTA (Jan. 27, 2010) – The Senate and House Economic Development committees gathered at the State Capitol for their first joint meeting of the session to hear from several economic experts on how to grow jobs in Georgia. Co-chaired by state Sen. Chip Pearson (R-Dawsonville) and Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah), the committees were joined by the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation, a new standing House committee devoted to examining proposals to promote small business and job creation.