Sen. Bulloch Proposes Crackdown on Food Testing

ATLANTA (February 3, 2009) — State Sen. John Bulloch (R-Ochlocknee) is launching a bill to impose stricter guidelines on food testing for processing plants in response to the nationwide salmonella outbreak that was linked to a South Georgia peanut butter plant in Blakely, GA. Senate Bill 80, the Food Safety Testing, Reporting & Record Keeping bill, dropped this week.

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State Senator Judson Hill authors Key Amendment to Protect T-SPLOST Bill

ATLANTA (February 2, 2009) – A leading Georgia State Senator has ensured that any transportation special-purpose local-option sales tax (T-SPLOST) project could not be later nullified by bureaucrats. Georgia State Senator Judson Hill (R-Marietta), a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, successfully introduced an amendment to Senate Bill 39, the T-SPLOST bill, which would ensure the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) will not have any discretion to review or approve transportation projects funded by the T-SPLOST. Senator Hill wants to insure Georgians that should they choose to fund road projects through a T-SPLOST then those projects would be developed. Continue reading “State Senator Judson Hill authors Key Amendment to Protect T-SPLOST Bill”

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 . . .”