House Version of “Georgia Government Accountability Act” Passes Senate

ATLANTA (March 27, 2012) – The Georgia Senate passed HB 456, also known as the Georgia Government Accountability Act, by a vote of 38 to 6. The legislation provides a mechanism to determine the continued need and existence of state-run programs and agencies through the creation of the General Assembly Legislative Sunset Advisory Committee. Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta) carried the bill.

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Senate Renews Sales Tax Exemption for Donations to Nonprofit Agencies

ATLANTA (March 27, 2012) –The Georgia Senate passed HB 318 today by a vote of 34 to 0. Sponsored in the House by Rep. Ron Stephens and carried in the Senate by Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell), this legislation renews an existing sales tax exemption on food that is donated to a qualified nonprofit agency.

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Senate Passes Bill Requiring Accountability for Educators Who Falsify Test Scores

ATLANTA (March 26, 2012) – The Georgia Senate passed HB 692 today by a vote of 52 to 0.  Sponsored by Rep. Billy Mitchell in the House and carried in the Senate by Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell), this legislation outlines a greater measure of accountability standards for teachers found guilty of falsifying student assessment results.

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With A Few Minutes’ Notice, Bill Clears House Committee: Laid-Off Workers Would See Benefit Cuts

ATLANTA (March 26, 2012) – Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) is appalled at the expedited and secretive nature that the House Industrial Relations Committee met this morning with less than an hour’s notice to vote out SB 447. The bill  cuts the maximum number of weeks laid-off workers can receive benefits.  This will hurt the most for employees and their families who’ve been let go because of budget reductions and no fault of their own.  Workers and their families who would have been eligible for up to 26 weeks will get a maximum of 20 weeks, starting this summer if the bill passes.  The maximum will drop down to as low as 12 weeks as the unemployment rate declines.

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