Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 25, 2016

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 25, 2016

The first prisoners of war were moved to Andersonville on February 25, 1864.

The United States Congress pass the Legal Tender Act on February 25, 1862, allowing the government to pay its bills with paper money it printed.

On February 25, 1870, Hiram Rhoades Revels (R-Missippi) was sworn in as the first African-American Congressman in history.

In 1867, the first Reconstruction Act was passed by a Republican-dominated U.S. Congress, dividing the South into five military districts and granting suffrage to all male citizens, regardless of race. A politically mobilized African American community joined with white allies in the Southern states to elect the Republican party to power, which in turn brought about radical changes across the South. By 1870, all the former Confederate states had been readmitted to the Union, and most were controlled by the Republican Party, thanks in large part to the support of African American voters.

On January 20, 1870, Hiram R. Revels was elected by the Mississippi legislature to fill the Senate seat once held by Jefferson Davis, the former president of the Confederacy. On February 25, two days after Mississippi was granted representation in Congress for the first time since it seceded in 1861, Revels was sworn in.

On February 25, 1876, the first Georgia state law against abortion was passed.

On February 25, 1999, Johnny Isakson was sworn into Congress from the Sixth District, a seat vacated by the resignation of then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Under the Gold Dome

SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

8:00 AM JUDICIARY 307 CLOB

8:30 AM NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE ENVIRONMENT 450 CAP

12:00 PM RULES – UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP

1:00 PM INSURANCE AND LABOR – CANCELED 450 CAP

2:00 PM JUDICIARY – CANCELED – see note 307 CLOB

3:00 PM JUDICIARY NON – CIVIL 307 CLOB

3:00 PM TRANSPORTATION -CANCELED 125 CAP

4:00 PM NATURAL RES & ENVT – CANCELED – see note 450 CAP

HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

7:30 AM Resource Management Sub 606 CLOB

8:00 AM NATURAL RESOURCES 606 CLOB

9:00 AM RULES 341 CAP

1:00 PM HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES 606 CLOB

1:00 PM Environmental Quality Sub 133 CAP

2:00 PM JUDICIARY CIVIL 132 CAP

2:00 PM REGULATED INDUSTRIES 406 CLOB

2:00 PM SMALL BUSINESS 341 CAP

2:00 PM Resolutions Sub 506 CLOB

2:15 PM TRANSPORTATION 506 CLOB

4:00 PM ENERGY 403 CAP

SENATE RULES CALENDAR

SB 258 – Ad Valorem Tax; provide the assessed value of property shall not be increased beyond the initial assessment value (FIN – Millar)

SB 302 – Insurance; require health carriers to maintain accurate provider directories (I&L – Martin)

SB 331 – Courts; causing a child to be conceived; violating certain prohibitions relating certain offenses; additional ground for terminating parental rights (JUDYNC – B. Thompson)

SB 365 – License Plates; establish special license plate for the Georgia Pet Foundation (PUB SAF – Shafer)

SB 367 – Georgia Council Justice Reform; provide for comprehensive reform (JUDYNC – Kennedy)

SB 388 – Bona Fide Coin Operated Amusement Machine; prohibit the removal of a sticker without authorization (ED&T – Lucas)

SR 604 – Revenue and Taxation; prohibit the levy of state ad valorem taxes –CA (FIN – Heath)

SR 842 – Legislative Process; create Senate Study Committee (RULES – Ligon)

HOUSE RULES CALENDAR

Modified Structured Rule

HB 205 Drivers’ licenses; require driver who refused blood alcohol concentration testing to install and maintain ignition interlock devices on vehicle; provisions (Substitute)(JudyNC-Rice-95th)

HB 770 Crimes and offenses; trafficking of persons for labor or sexual servitude; provisions (Substitute)(JudyNC-Efstration-104th)

HB 897 Health; care and protection of indigent and elderly patients; provide for the establishment and operation of a drug repository program to accept and dispense unused prescription drugs (Substitute)(H&HS-Price-48th)

HB 905 Courts; child abuse; change provisions (Substitute) (JudyNC-Ballinger-23rd)

HB 911 Sales and use tax; agricultural machinery and equipment; provide exemption (Substitute)(W&M-Duncan-26th)(AM 34 0728)

HB 919 Health; rural health care organizations which provide health care services to underserved areas; approve (Substitute)(W&M-Duncan-26th)(AM 34 0727)(AM 34 0729)

Structured Rule

HB 216 Occupational diseases; define certain terms; provisions (Substitute) (I&L-Gravley-67th)

HB 802 Revenue and taxation; deduction from income for contributions to savings trust accounts; revise (W&M-Teasley-37th)

HB 939 Revenue and taxation; setoff debt collections by the Administrative Office of the Courts; revise terms and procedures (W&M-Price-48th)

HB 981 Taxation; certain for profit corporations to participate in the indirect ownership of a home for the mentally disabled for primarily financing purpose; allow (Substitute)(W&M-Harrell-106th)

HB 987 Ad valorem tax; property; change certain definitions (Substitute)(W&M-McCall-33rd)

Legislation & Local Issues

The agenda for today’s House Regulated Industries Committee meeting at 2 PM includes a hearing for House Resolution 807, which would place on November’s ballot a Constitutional Amendment to allow a limited number of licensed casino resorts in Georgia. Hat tip to the AJC.

As it happens, the Faith & Freedom Coalition, headed by Ralph Reed, will hold its annual legislative luncheon at the Capitol today.

We’ll be hearing from FFC Chairman Ralph Reed and several of our Georgia elected officials. Secretary of State Kemp will update us on the SEC Presidential Primary, Attorney Gen Sam Olens and Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens will speak, Professor John Kindt will discuss the casino trap, and Dave McCleary will tell about the latest efforts to stop human trafficking. And Tony Lowden will let pastors know about a huge mission field opening up.

The Georgia Senate passed legislation for the City of Stockbridge to hold a special election if the Mayor’s seat becomes vacant with more than six months remaining in the term.

Stockbridge has been without a mayor since Tim Thompson’s resignation in December, however council member Anthony Ford was appointed in January to serve as acting mayor, or mayor pro tem.

In its current state, the Stockbridge charter states that council members must appoint someone to fill a vacant mayor or city council seat.

Senate Bill 362 passed with 56 votes Tuesday — with three senators not voting — and provides changes to the city charter, stating that a special election could be held for the mayor seat if more than six months was left in the term. It also adds the stipulation that the candidate who received majority of the votes would be elected and a selection would not be based on a mere plurality. The bill does not apply to council member vacancies.

SB 362 still needs approval from the House, then Gov. Nathan Deal.

Upon final approval, the special election would be held in May, and if necessary, a runoff would be held in July.

The Senate Finance Committee voted a “Do Pass” recommendation for Senate Resolution 756 by Finance Chair Sen. Judson Hill (R-Cobb), which would place on the November ballot a Constitutional Amendment that would ratchet down the state individual income tax to eventually reach 5 percent if state revenues and reserve funds hit certain benchmarks.

Also passed out of Senate Finance was a new version of House Bill 238 which incorporates Hill’s Senate Bill 280. The Senate added provisions to reduce the top marginal state income tax rate from 6 percen to 5.4 percent.

Presidential early voting appears to be picking up in South Georgia, according to the Florida Times-Union.

In Glynn County, about 200 people cast primary ballots at each of the two early voting precincts on St. Simons Island and in Brunswick, county elections supervisor Tina Edwards said.

“That’s a pretty good pickup,’’ Edwards said, considering the county had averaged only about 30 voters per day in the first two weeks of early voting.

“After that, we saw a surge,’’ she said. “We’re also getting requests for more absentee ballots.”

The same is true in Camden County where the total number of voters was approaching 500 after early voting polls opened Monday in St. Marys and Kingsland, county voter registrar Brigid White said.

Previously, when the only poll was in Woodbine, only 127 total early votes had been cast, she said.

In Ware County, election supervisor Betty Gillis said there had been an increase after a very slow start.

“It’s a little faster than a week ago. We had 94 Monday and 86 Tuesday,” she said.

 

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