Archive for March, 2010

The Meredith Emerson Memorial Privacy Act

By Sen. Bill Hamrick

One of the most significant aspects of being a state lawmaker is our ability to produce change. We can create laws that take initiative and create new opportunities or we can mend the problems of our state. Sadly, Georgia and much of the nation have recently been exposed to a serious problem and it is time for the government to step in and prevent further pain to the family of a crime victim. As many of you know, Hustler, a controversial adult magazine, requested copies of information through the Georgia Open Records Act relating to the January 2008 murder of Meredith Emerson. (more…)

The Buzz from the Gold Dome

By Sen. Johnny Grant

Crossover Day, the deadline for bills to crossover from one chamber to another, was this week. It was a very busy week in the state Senate and I am pleased to report the passage of several important bills that will improve Georiga and make it a better place to live. (more…)

We Must Make Our Voices Heard

By Sen. Jim Butterworth

Early this week, when Washington leadership forced their version of health care reform through to the president’s signature, the speaker of the House invoked very powerful words. Nancy Pelosi quoted the Declaration of Independence saying we have honored “the vows of our founders, who in the Declaration of Independence said that we are ‘endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’” (more…)

Need-Based Students Get Lift from Senate with HOPE College Opportunity Grant

ATLANTA (March 26, 2010) – SB 496, The HOPE College Opportunity Grant, passed the Senate today with an overwhelming majority. Sen. Jack Hill (R-Reidsville), the bill’s author, went to bat for need based students throughout Georgia by proposing the grant which will be based solely on need. (more…)

Senate Passes Bill Putting Spotlight on Pledge of Allegiance and Georgia History

ATLANTA ( March 26, 2010) – Senate Bill 518, which amends Georgia code to include the study of the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and the Georgia flag in elementary and secondary schools history curriculum, passed the Senate unanimously.   The bill was sponsored by Sen. Jeff Mullis (R- Chickamauga). (more…)