From the Capitol . . .

By: Sen. Cecil Staton

ATLANTA (January 30, 2009) – Georgia lawmakers hit the ground running after last week’s budget hearing recess. Senate members met for chamber sessions and standing committee meetings every day this week. As chairman of the Senate Science & Technology Committee I held our second meeting Tuesday to discuss the future goals of technology in Georgia. We met with the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), who spoke to us about their research on Georgia’s standing with respect to technology jobs and related industries. Georgia ranks 10th in the nation with high tech employment rates and TAG studies have shown software and IT services make up the majority of high- tech jobs in our state. Continue reading “From the Capitol . . .”

Joint Commission on Sexual Exploitation of Minors Announces Legislative Recommendations for 2009

ATLANTA, GA (January 29, 2009) — The joint Senate and House Commission on Sexual Exploitation of Minors announced their legislative recommendations for the 2009 General Assembly today during a press conference at the Capitol. Three potential pieces of legislation that have emerged from the study committee are to implement a surcharge on the entrance into an adult entertainment business, changing the age of erotic dancers from a minimum age of 18 to 21 and to require proof of age, and tie enforcement to licensing regulations. Continue reading “Joint Commission on Sexual Exploitation of Minors Announces Legislative Recommendations for 2009”

Sen. Pearson Honors Distinguished Georgia War Veteran in Senate Chamber

Sen. Pearson honors Dr. Joseph Lazzarini at the Senate rostrum, a 20 year war veteran who served the U.S. military in both combat and as a doctor and radiologist.
Sen. Pearson honors Dr. Joseph Lazzarini at the Senate rostrum, a 20 year war veteran who served the U.S. military in both combat and as a doctor and radiologist.

ATLANTA (January 30, 2009) — The State Senate paused today during its daily business to honor an exceptional Georgian who has dedicated his life to serving his country. Sen. Chip Pearson (R-Dawsonville) presented Dr. Joseph Lazzarini with a Senate Resolution officially commending him for his 20 years of military service, in which he served in the Army during World War II, as well as the Navy and the Air Force.

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The People’s Business

By President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams
January 30, 2009

Sen. Tommie Williams
Sen. Tommie Williams

The Senate returned to session this week with all eyes and ears on the first bills and resolutions of the session. Most notable were bills on transportation, zero-based budgeting, and tougher restrictions for metal theft crimes. However, the two major issues on everyone’s mind were the Homeowner Tax Relief Grant (HTRG) funding and capping property taxes.

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