News from the Capitol

March 13, 2015

Posted On March 17, 2015

Crossover Day

Today was Crossover Day at the Georgia Capitol and legislators scrambled to debate as many bills as they could before the end of business.

If a bill has a chance to become law this year, it must clear the chamber where it originated by the end of 30th day of the session, which… more »

March 6, 2015

Posted On March 6, 2015

Transportation Plan Passes House

The House voted 123-46 this week to pass the House transportation plan.  HB 170, is intended to raise an estimated $1 billion dollars a year to build roads, repair bridges and finance other transit projects.

The latest revision involved pushing back the effective date of changes in local option sales taxes… more »

February 20, 2015

Georgia State Students Commended

Several Georgia State University students were commended this week with resolutions in the House of Representatives and the Senate.  To read the resolutions in their entirety please click the following links.

SR 279 ( , sponsored by Sen. Curt Thompson (D-Atlanta), commending Georgia State University student-athlete Ronald Jordan “R.J.” Hunter… more »

February 6, 2015

GSU Day at the Capitol

Georgia State University hosted its annual GSU Day at the Capitol this week.  Students, faculty, alumni and administrators were on hand to speak to state lawmakers and showcase the many programs, initiatives and achievements happening at the University.  Georgia State’s economic impact on Atlanta and the state of Georgia were… more »

January 30, 2015

House Passes Amended Budget

The House passed HB 75, the FY 2015 Amended budget by a vote of 171-0.  The amended budget totals $20.9 billion which includes $128 million allocated to the midyear adjustment to K-12 public school to pay for increased growth in student enrollment, and $40 million for economic development grants.

The budget… more »

January 23, 2015

Governor Deal’s Top Budget Priority: Education

Governor Nathan Deal has proposed a spending plan of $21.78 billion for fiscal year 2016, a 4.5 percent or $946.2 million increase over the current state budget.  Of this new spending, just over half will go towards education funding for Georgia’s public schools.  “My first and foremost priority is… more »

January 16, 2015

Governor Deal Delivers State of the State Address

Governor Nathan Deal on Wednesday delivered his fifth State of the State address to a joint session of the Georgia Legislature.  “In short, I’m here to report to you today that the state of our state is strong and getting stronger every day,” he says.  Governor Deal… more »

November 6, 2014

Election Results

Governor Nathan Deal won a second term in office Tuesday with a victory over Democratic challenger Jason Carter and Libertarian Andrew Hunt and led a republican sweep of all constitutional offices.  Deal garnered 52.8 percent of the over 2.5 million votes cast to Carter’s 44.8 and Andrew Hunt’s 2.3.  Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle… more »

March 21, 2014

Posted On March 25, 2014

Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned sine die just before midnight on March 20 after a fast paced session that saw many twist and turns on key legislation. In these 40 days, lawmakers approved budgets for the remainder of the FY 2014 and FY 2015 budgets as well as legislation that addressed firearms, Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act.

March 14, 2014

Posted On March 25, 2014

Firearms Legislation Moves Forward

HB 60, to allow retired judges to carry firearms, was amended this week on the floor of the House by adding to it most of the language of HB 875. The noteworthy language change in the bill is the removal of the campus carry provision. “The bill now gives local governments more flexibility in dealing with attempts to bring firearms into public buildings and removes the campus carry section that would have reduced the punishment for bringing a firearm on campus to a civil fine of up to $100”, said Rep. Alan Powell (R-Hartwell), Chairman of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee. Carrying a firearm on campus would revert to current law.