· HB 18 – Professional engineers and land surveyors; defense, aviation, space or aerospace companies from complying with provisions; exempt
· HB 62 – Special needs students; waive certain qualifications for a student whose parent is an active duty military service member stationed in Georgia within the previous year; provide
· HB 86 – Social services; provide for transfer of the Division of Aging Services to the Georgia Adult and Aging Services Agency; provisions
· HB 198 – Jason Flatt Act-Georgia; enact
· HB 320 – Scholarships; provide public disclosure of certain records held by Georgia Student Finance Commission, Georgia Higher Education Assistance Corporation and Georgia Student Finance Authority is not required; provisions
· HB 348 – Labor; create State Workforce Development Board; provisions
After a year of battling dealer-friendly laws in several states, Tesla Motors Inc. appears to be turning a corner.
In Georgia, meanwhile, Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) and the Georgia Automotive Dealers Association have reached a compromise that will allow the automaker to operate five stores in the Peach State and sell an unlimited number of its pricey vehicles.
Current law caps the number of Teslas that may be sold in Georgia to 150. However, Tesla sells way more than that by requiring customers to buy the vehicle from California and then having them register it in Georgia. The Model S is manufactured in Fremont, Calif.
Being in the second largest EV market is “hugely important” for Tesla, James Chen, vice president of regulatory affairs told Atlanta Business Chronicle ahead of the Georgia Technology Summit on March 25, where Chen will be speaking.
It is also about “signaling” that Tesla ought to be able to sell its cars as it wishes in any market.
Melody is what is commonly referred to as a Pit Bull Terrier female with a gorgeous brindle coat. This lovable brindle girl is Urgent; her time is almost up!! This sweet girl is a playful three year old that loves the company of people. She knows how to sit, is a great listener and with a little guidance from her humans she will be a very well behaved girl for her forever family. She would love for you to teach her more tricks and games and help her to be the best dog she can be!
If you can find it in your heart to save Melody she is at DeKalb County Animal Services. Not only would you be saving Melody, but you’ll be able to take advantage of the March “Adopt a Lucky Charm” special. If you’re the loving person who adopts her during March you’ll pay an adoption fee of only $40 for this wonderful pet including her spay, vaccines and microchip. Please hurry the shelter is running out of space. For more information about Melody email [email protected] or call (404) 294-2165. To view other great pets available for adoption visit www.dekalbanimalservices.com.
King George III approved of the passage of the Stamp Act legislation on March 22, 1765 designed to pay for some of the costs the UK incurred in protecting the colonies, but it would lead to the movement that culminated in the American Revolution. No word on where the Myrmidons were on this.
On March 23, 1972, in the case of Gooding v. Wilson, the United States Supreme Court held that a Georgia statute, OCGA § 26-6303, which provided: “Any person who shall, without provocation, use to or of another, and in his presence . . . opprobrious words or abusive language, tending to cause a breach of the peace . . . shall be guilty of a misdemeanor,” was unconstitutionally vague and violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution
On March 25, 2006, Alvis E Owens, Jr, known as “Buck” Owens of Hee-Haw fame, died. Buck Owens named himself after the family donkey at the age of three or four. During his musical career, Owens had twenty #1 hits on the Billboard Country Music charts.
ERRATUM: Last week, I mistakenly referred to Gov. Melvin Thompson as having been sworn-in to succeed Ellis Arnall as Governor at the conclusion of the “Three Governors Affair” in 1947. Luckily, a reader caught my error and emailed me,
Lt Governor [later Governor from 1947-1948] Melvin Thompsonis the correct name. He ran for re-election later with the campaign slogan “ME for Me. I vividly recall attending his campaigning in Albany, GA (1948) with my Dad. We stood on the lawn of the Dougherty County Courthouse, with ME speaking from the courthouse steps to the gathering. My first political rally in South Georgia.
One of the great treasures of publishing this morning news is hearing firsthand stories from our readers about the historical events of Georgia.
Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette of France was nearly moved to tears by the Southern hospitality he enjoyed in Milledgeville in 1825.
His secretary noted in his diary that Lafayette was shown so many kindnesses at a ball in his honor that “the general forgot that Georgia was a new acquaintance.”
The Milledgeville celebration nearly 200 years ago included speeches, rockets, cannon fire, a hot air balloon and a picnic.
Lafayette feasted on squirrel pie and barbecue deer at the $6 a plate ball that night that would be now worth $146, Wright said.
Milledgeville will celebrate Lafayette’s contributions this week, culminating Friday with a 10 a.m. parade from the Old Governor’s Mansion to Georgia Military College, where a “welcome ceremony” is planned at 11 a.m.
GMC alumnus and benefactor, W.J. “Bill” Usery, who was U.S. secretary of labor under President Gerald Ford, is sponsoring the celebration in honor of Lafayette.
Elaine Boyer said she wasn’t going to be the poster child for bad accounting when she was first confronted about spending taxpayer dollars on herself and her family. Instead, the former DeKalb County commissioner became one of the faces of DeKalb County corruption.
Friday afternoon, Boyer was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for defrauding DeKalb taxpayers. She also was ordered to pay $87,350 in restitution to the county.
She will report to prison at a later date.
Boyer, who was the commission’s only Republican and its longest-serving member, postured herself for decades as its watchdog over public spending.
Yet, secretly, she pilfered public funds, masking the financial shambles Boyer and her husband, John, were drowning in. They had lost their Stone Mountain strip mall to foreclosure and were struggling to hold on to their Smoke Rise home, which they would eventually lose, too.
The Georgia Senate approved a $21.8 billion budget for the upcoming year on Friday that would spend a little bit more in a lot of areas and makes clear that the state’s post-recession fiscal picture is brightening.
Now it will be up to House and Senate leaders to negotiate a final spending deal for fiscal 2016 — which begins July 1 — before the session ends in early April. The House passed its version of the budget, House Bill 76, earlier this month.
The budget would provide 1 percent raises for about 90,000 state and University System of Georgia employees. It holds out the hope of raises for teachers, but that will depend on the finances of local school districts. And it would give 4 percent raises to judges on the Supreme and Appeals courts and 2 percent raises to Superior Court judges, district attorneys and public defenders.
Both chambers rejected Gov. Nathan Deal’s recommendation to boot 22,000 part-time school workers and their dependents off the State Health Benefit Plan. But like the House, the Senate plan would make local school districts pay $103 million extra for part-time and full-time school worker insurance.
Emails from a DeKalb County Board of Education member show his advocating Atlanta’s annexation of a portion of west DeKalb County, disenfranchising 3,000 students and shifting tax revenues to the city, annexation opponents said.
Board member Marshall Orson denied his advocacy, saying his emails were misunderstood.
Some DeKalb County residents in the affected area are calling for Orson’s resignation, saying he is not working in the best interests of the district.
“What he wrote (in the emails) should concern any parent in this district,” said DeKalb County resident Dawn Forman, an 18-year educator who now home-schools her 7-year-old son. “When he’s been confronted (about advocating for annexation) he’d always say he wasn’t orchestrating this.
In emails from his personal email account, Orson discusses the matter with Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan and State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur.
[F]ormer members of the Whig Party meet to establish a new party to oppose the spread of slavery into the western territories. The Whig Party, which was formed in 1834 to oppose the “tyranny” of President Andrew Jackson, had shown itself incapable of coping with the national crisis over slavery.
The Civil War firmly identified the Republican Party as the party of the victorious North, and after the war the Republican-dominated Congress forced a “Radical Reconstruction” policy on the South, which saw the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution and the granting of equal rights to all Southern citizens. By 1876, the Republican Party had lost control of the South, but it continued to dominate the presidency until the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933.