Deal signs off on bills from special session

Georgia lawmakers met in special session last week, and walked away Saturday morning with a hurricane relief package, a tax credit for certain taxpayers within Southwest Georgia’s timber industry who incurred significant expenses due to Hurricane Michael and suspension of the collection of the state’s 4 percent sales and use tax on jet fuel through the end of FY 2019.

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Senate Takes Time to Honor Supreme Court Chief Justice Hines

Harris Hines was born in Atlanta during World War II and graduated from Emory University, where he also got his law degree. Governor Jimmy Carter appointed him to serve on the State Court of Cobb County in 1974 and he would also serve on the Cobb County Superior Court before an appointment to the Supreme Court in 1995 by Governor Zell Miller.

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Latest Vote Tallies Do Nothing for Abrams

Despite court suits delaying the certification of votes from all 159 Georgia counties, the numbers tallied in the gubernatorial race between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacy Abrams haven’t really changed since election night. Consider the totals compiled as of noon yesterday:

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Senate School Safety Committee Adopts Recommendations

After hearing hundreds of comments and suggestions from parents, teachers, students, administrators and other key stakeholders during five previous meetings across the state, members of the Senate School Safety Study Committee held their sixth and final meeting Tuesday morning at the State Capitol to adopt their findings and recommendations.

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How Georgia is pushing Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity has become a major issue in Georgia in recent years, both for private businesses and the state’s government.  It even played a part in the midterms, where the potential vulnerability of the state’s election systems was called into question.  

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Integral Celebration Highlighted ‘The Atlanta Model’

There hasn’t been a lot to rave about in recent decades concerning Atlanta’s local governments. Some City Hall administrations have crashed in corruption – epitomized by mayoral scalawags Bill Campbell and Kasim Reed. Atlanta Public Schools exploded in the nation’s largest education cheating scandal.

Georgia Must Tackle Cash Bail Reform

Last legislative session, outgoing Gov. Nathan Deal embarked on one last ambitious endeavor: addressing the state’s problematic cash-bail practices. And in April 2018, the Legislature approved a bail measure that Gov. Deal ultimately signed into law.

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State Rep. to replace Everett on PSC

Governor Nathan Deal on Tuesday announced the appointment of State Rep. Jason Shaw (R-Lakeland) to replace outgoing Public Service Commissioner Doug Everett, who is resigning at the end of the year.  Shaw will be up for re-election in 2020.  The move looks like a promotion for Shaw, who with two years to build up an incumbency advantage in the PSC sees his ship RISING…

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