Archive for July, 2014

Sen. Donzella James Receives GABEO Freedom Fighter Award

ATLANTA (July 22, 2014) – Last month, Sen. Donzella James (D-Atlanta) received one of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO) highest honors, the 2014 Freedom Fighter Award, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. (more…)

Sen. Vincent Fort Requests GBI Widen Thomaston Police Department Investigation

ATLANTA (July 15, 2014) | Sen. Vincent Fort (D- Atlanta) has sent the following letter to Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan asking him to investigate the entire Thomaston Police Department in light of grievances filed against Officer Phillip Tobin and other law enforcement officials: (more…)

Rep. Allen Peake and Sen. Renee Unterman Announce Medical Cannabis Study Committee Meeting Dates

State Rep. Allen Peake (R – Macon) and State Sen. Renee Unterman (R – Buford) today announced the upcoming meeting dates for the Prescription of Medical Cannabis for Serious Medical Conditions Joint Study Committee: (more…)

Sen. Nan Orrock and Rep. Pat Gardner Announce State-Wide Changes to Georgia’s Scrap Tire Regulations

nanATLANTA (July 8, 2014) | Today, Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) and State Rep. Pat Gardner (D-Atlanta) held a press conference at the Capitol to educate Georgians on updated regulations of Georgia’s scrap tire law. Sen. Orrock and Rep. Gardner were joined by Atlanta City Council members Joyce Sheperd and Felicia Moore, as well as other state policy makers. (more…)

Sen. Jeff Mullis to Chair Senate 9-1-1 System Modernization Study Committee

ATLANTA (July 7, 2014)  |  Lt. Governor Casey Cagle has selected Sen. Jeff Mullis (R — Chickamauga) to chair the Senate 9-1-1 System Modernization Study Committee. Over the next several months, this study committee will analyze the Georgia Emergency Telephone Number 9-1-1 Service Act of 1977 and subsequent amendments; specifically looking for areas where the law can be improved or updated. The committee’s work will emphasize the role of mobile communications in both the collection and dissemination of information that is most valuable in an emergency situation.

“Emergency response is a crucial function of state and local government,” said Sen. Mullis. “With new telecommunications technologies being created and implemented, it is important to look at ways we, as a state, can improve and adapt to best serve the people of Georgia. This issue is near and dear to me, and I’m thankful for this opportunity.”

“I’m happy to appoint Sen. Mullis to the Senate 9-1-1 System Modernization Study Committee and look forward to thoroughly evaluating their findings,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. “Sen. Mullis has been a leader on these issues, and I’m thankful he’s lending his time and expertise to the important work this committee will perform.”

Sen. Mullis is a former City of Chickamauga Fire Chief. This experience has provided him with extensive knowledge and keen insight regarding Georgia’s emergency communications systems.

The passage of Senate Resolution 1203 during the 2014 legislative session created the Senate 9-1-1 System Modernization Study Committee. As stated in the resolution, the committee consists of five members of the Senate including at least two members from the of the Senate’s standing committee Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee, as appointed by the Lt. Governor.

The committee must report its findings on or before December 1, 2014.


For Immediate Release:
July 7, 2014

For Information Contact:
Jennifer Yarber, Director