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”
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 . . .”
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”
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.
By Sen. Chip Pearson
ATLANTA (January 30, 2009) – Session is now officially in full swing as lawmakers filed key bills this week. Committees are gearing up to work out the details of assigned legislation, an important part of the legislative process where each bill is carefully examined and revised to be most effective.