Archive for February, 2012

Sen. Orrock Joins Rally on Immigration Bill to Block Undocumented Students

ATLANTA (February 28, 2012) – Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) joined educators, students and other state legislators at an immigration rally on the steps of the Capitol today to protest Senate Bill 458 and House Bill 59.  These bills would ban undocumented students, with no regard to academic credentials, from attending all 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia and 26 institutes in the Technical College System of Georgia.  It also makes amendments to last year’s already detrimental HB 87.  The amendments would ease licensing for business owners in Georgia who’ve already proven their legal status by not requiring proof upon reapplication.  This also applies to other public benefits currently requiring verification of legal status in Georgia.


The FY 2012 Amended Budget: A Balancing Act

By: Sen. Bill Hamrick (R-Carrollton)

In January, Gov. Deal released his amended budget for FY 2012. It is specifically stated in Georgia’s constitution that our state cannot spend more than what it receives in revenue. This is a fiscally responsible requirement that permits Georgia to maintain a Triple-A bond rating—we are one of only eight states to hold this distinction—and prevents Georgia from perpetual debt.


Sen. Barry Loudermilk Honors Mr. Charles Fluellen in Senate Chamber

ATLANTA (February 27, 2012) – Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) led the Senate Chamber in a moment of silence to honor Mr. Charles Fluellen on Monday, February 27.



ATLANTA (February 27, 2012) – Senate Bill 494, which redraws Athens – Clarke County Commission districts, received its first reading in the state senate today and was assigned to the State and Local Government Operations Committee.  The bill is co-sponsored by Senator Bill Cowsert (R-District 46) and Senator Frank Ginn (R-District 47) and is expected to pass the Senate on a local consent calendar and be transmitted to the House for consideration this week.


Sen. Orrock Recognizes John Sweet for Lifetime Achievement Award

ATLANTA (February 28, 2012) – Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) honored John Sweet on Friday, Feb. 24 with Senate Resolution 1043 for his Lifetime Achievement Award given by the State Bar of Georgia and the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism.  He will be presented with the Justice Robert Benham Lifetime Achievement Award today, Feb. 28.