Archive for the ‘Senate Press Release’ Category

Senate Bill 309 Signed into Law

ATLANTA (May 4, 2016) | Governor Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 309 into law on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Sponsored by Sen. Burt Jones (R – Jackson), SB 309 allows student athletes to express their personal religious beliefs during sporting events and enables high schools, which receive state funding, to participate in athletic competitions with schools outside of their designated conference. (more…)

“Protecting Small Businesses Act” Signed into Law

4Q8A6153 croppedATLANTA (May 4, 2016) | On Tuesday, Governor Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 277, sponsored by Sen. John Albers (R – Roswell), into law. Also known as the “Protecting Small Businesses Act,” SB 277 clarifies that Franchisors and Franchisees are distinct and separate business enterprises. (more…)

Sen. Elena Parent Celebrates Deal’s Veto of ‘Campus Carry’

ATLANTA (May 3, 2016) | Sen. Elena Parent (D – Atlanta) thanks Gov. Nathan Deal for vetoing House Bill 859, which would have allowed the legal carry of concealed handguns on the campuses of universities and colleges in Georgia. (more…)

The “Shawn Smiley Act” Becomes Law

ATLANTA (May 3, 2016) | On Tuesday, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law House Bill 54, known as the “Shawn Smiley Act.” HB 54 provides tuition grants to children of law enforcement and public safety officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. The bill was authored by Rep. Keisha Waites and carried by Sen. Nan Orrock (D – Atlanta) in the Senate. HB 54 in its final form was passed on the last day of the 2016 legislative session and goes into effect on July 1, 2016. (more…)

Senate Bill 208 Becomes Law with the Governor’s Signature

ATLANTA (April 25, 2016) | Last Thursday, Senate Bill 208 was signed by Governor Nathan Deal into law. Senator JaNice VanNess (R- Conyers) carried SB 208, which allows for a voter referendum that would incorporate and constitute a charter for the City of Stonecrest in DeKalb County if the measure is approved by voters during elections on May 24, 2016. (more…)