Archive for May, 2010

Bill to Zero Out Zero Tolerance in Schools Signed into Law

Sen. Jones looks on as Gov. Perdue signs SB 299, flanked by nearly 30 supporters including Sen. Horacena Tate (D-Atlanta), pictured to the right.

ATLANTA (May 25, 2010) – In a victory for Georgia school children across the state, Sen. Emanuel Jones’ (D-Decatur) legislation to curb the abuse of zero tolerance discipline policies was signed into law today by Governor Sonny Perdue.  Jones introduced Senate Bill 299 after a 14-year-old Morgan County student was arrested for voluntarily turning in a fishing knife to his principal late last year. 


Zero Tolerance Discipline Bill becomes Law

Jones’ press conference to follow

ATLANTA (May 24, 2010) – A bill to curb the abuse of zero tolerance discipline policies in Georgia schools will be signed into law by Governor Sonny Perdue on Tuesday, May 25.  The bill’s author, Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur), will host a press conference in the State Capitol at 2:30 p.m. following the bill signing.  Senate Bill 299 has received support from teachers, parents, juvenile court judges and education associations across Georgia, many of whom will be available for questions. 


Senator James Claims Victory for Mortgage Loan Originators

ATLANTA (May 21, 2010) – Georgia’s mortgage loan originators now have additional time to comply with the federal  S.A.F.E. Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 certification regulations thanks to the efforts of Sen. Donzella James (D-College Park).  James, and loan originators from her district, met with the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance this week to propose an extension for certification requirements from April 31, 2010 to July 31, 2010.  James worked diligently to extend the deadline after learning that many of her constituents were unaware of the new federal requirements.


A license to carry is not a license to commit a crime.

By State Sen. Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg)

Georgia’s Common Sense Lawful Carry Act protects lawfully carrying citizens from unknowingly becoming criminals by clarifying where they can and cannot carry their weapons.  They know all too well that a license to carry is not a license to commit a crime.  Restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens does not protect the public from random acts of violence.  The Lawful Carry Act works to preserve these rights not restrict them. 


Newnan High School Drama Students Visit State Capitol

NEWNAN (May 17, 2010) – Thirteen students from the Newnan High School drama department recently visited the Georgia State Capitol to meet with Gov. Sonny Perdue and state legislators about representing Georgia and the United States in their upcoming performance in Scotland.