Day 36 at the Gold Dome saw the passage of Senate Bill 85, relating to malt beverages (some of which are known as beer) and also distilled spirits, “so as to provide for the limited sale of malt beverages at retail by manufacturers (sometimes known as craft brewers) of malt beverages.” The bill passed the Senate and House nearly unanimously, by votes of 49-2 and 147-14, respectively.read more
As the state legislature fights its own battles over the use of medical marijuana by Georgians, the Atlanta City Council is preparing for its own vote on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana within city limits.read more
Embattled Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter wants to focus on his district and the county instead of the controversy over Facebook comments he made more than two months ago. For now, his consultant Seth Weathers tells InsiderAdvantage that Hunter has done what he can to make amends for those comments. Still, Hunter has no idea when, or how, it will all end.read more
With just five legislative days left in this year’s session, the state senate is busy reviewing house bills for passage. Committees are moving bills out and they are hitting the floor with the typical seasonal regularity. Monday’s edition will feature a bevy of bills concerning education, mining and drilling, health care, crosswalks, minimum wage and, like a bad penny, the ad valorem tax.read more
On Wednesday, the state Senate Banking Committee gave a “do pass recommendation” and House Bill 192 will now head to the floor for a full vote. In a state with a rather checkered past with the relationship between the law and banking, the bill would, among other things, change the liability of bank directors and officers for monetary damages occurring under their watch.read more
HB 452 by Rep. Rep Jesse Petrea, R-Savannah, would require the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to share with Georgia sheriffs and the public information it has been receiving from the federal Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) for at least 18 months on the release of criminal aliens. Supporters say the good news is that it passed out of the state Senate Public Safety Committee.read more
The House will reconsider a Constitutional amendment concerning a county and city school district calling and distributing a SPLOST after it was defeated Tuesday.read more
Back in 2014 when the Democrats nominated Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn to run for Governor and Senate, respectively, many of their Democratic rivals in the primaries balked at the idea of the party coronating candidates without a fair and equal primary process. The same thing happened last year in the race for U.S. Senate, when a relatively, (completely) unknown in Jim Barksdale received a green light from the state party en route to a close win in the primary and an embarrassing defeat in the general election against Johnny Isakson.read more
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There is finally some good news in the fight to return rape investigations and prosecutions to the only place they belong: the real justice system. Georgia House Bill 51 sponsored by Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, passed out of the House and now moves to the Georgia Senate.
Last June the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau [CFPB] proposed a rule to severely restrict access to short-term loans. Although I have no doubt that the CFPB meant well in crafting its rule, the unintended consequences this rule creates for communities of color and the poor make it an unworkable solution that only stands to do more harm than good. It just doesn’t work!
Interviews with laid off coal miners in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s victory may be anecdotal, but they’re a reminder of the demise of just one industry that has provided generations of families with well-paying, blue collar jobs that have been lost to new environmental regulations.
- Evans for Governor?
- The latest name to pop up in the rumor mill for the 2018 Governor's race is Democratic state Representative Stacey Evans of Smyrna. The popular lawyer has been a key figure in HOPE Scholarship legislation, and would immediately be a frontrunner in a Democratic field that will also likely include Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. There are still many twists and turns to go in this race but Evans' name being floated for the state's top spot has her ship...