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25
Feb

Georgia English Bulldog Rescue on legislative Dog Fight

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Ruthann Phillips

Founder and Director, Georgia English Bulldog Rescue

Dear friends of English Bulldogs,

We are writing to you after news reports of a State Senate Bill that would designate the English Bulldog as the Official State Dog of Georgia. As part of our mission to educate the public about English Bulldogs and dog rescue, we want to ensure that legislators and potential adopters understand the true state of the English Bulldog breed in Georgia.

The English Bulldog suffers from its popularity in Georgia, and individual dogs become neglected and their medical conditions worsen from owners who were not fully informed of the costs and care requirements of this unique breed.

The last thing the English Bulldog needs is to be more popular.

As an organization, we are 100% committed to the rescue and care of English Bulldogs. As Georgians, we cheer our beloved University of Georgia Bulldogs every Saturday in the fall and take pride in Uga’s representation of our breed and our state. We understand the good motivations that underlie the effort to name the English Bulldog as the official state dog of Georgia, and appreciate the efforts of the Senators who brought it forth.Continue Reading..

25
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 25, 2016

Mowgli

Mowgli is an adult male Labrador Retriever and Hound mix who is available for adoption from Angel Dog Rescue, Inc. in Georgetown, GA.

Jim Bob

Jim Bob is an adult male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Angel Dog Rescue, Inc. in Georgetown, GA. He’s apparently an ice cream aficionado.

Bronco

Bronco is an adult male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Angel Dog Rescue, Inc. in Georgetown, GA.

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Georgia English Bulldog Rescue has responded to the legislative dog fight over whether the state will name “any adoptable dog” the Official State Dog of Georgia, or whether it will be the English Bulldog.

Click here for their full response, an excerpt of which is below.

The English Bulldog suffers from its popularity in Georgia, and individual dogs become neglected and their medical conditions worsen from owners who were not fully informed of the costs and care requirements of this unique breed.

The last thing the English Bulldog needs is to be more popular.

As an organization, we are 100% committed to the rescue and care of English Bulldogs. As Georgians, we cheer our beloved University of Georgia Bulldogs every Saturday in the fall and take pride in Uga’s representation of our breed and our state. We understand the good motivations that underlie the effort to name the English Bulldog as the official state dog of Georgia, and appreciate the efforts of the Senators who brought it forth.

We are literally the safety net for English Bulldogs in Georgia.

It is safe to say nobody in Georgia does more to care for English Bulldogs than we do.

With that said, we hope that the General Assembly will be content with the English Bulldog remaining the beloved mascot of our flagship university, and the unofficial state dog.

We invite you to visit our website at www.GeorgiaEnglishBulldogRescue.org, where you can meet our foster dogs, learn more about the unique qualities of our English Bulldogs, as well as the level of care they require. If you’re considering adopting a bulldog, fostering is a great way to learn if your lifestyle is suited to the breed. If you simply want to snuggle with a beautiful English Bulldog, we invite you to our public events, and our primary yearly fundraiser, The Bully Ball on February 27, 2016 at the St. Regis in Buckhead, or even better to volunteer with us.

We believe that the proposal by State Rep. Joe Wilkinson, contained in House Bill 561, to name “any adoptable dog” as the Official State Dog of Georgia, honors the English Bulldogs we care for every day at Georgia English Bulldog Rescue and our alumni who have gone on to new forever homes.

 

25
Feb

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.

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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.

 

24
Feb

Sen. David Perdue signs GOP Senate “No Vote” letter

David Perdue FlagsWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicating that he will exercise his constitutional authority to withhold consent of any nominee submitted by President Barack Obama and the Senate Judiciary Committee will not hold hearings on a Supreme Court nominee until the next President is sworn in.

The letter, signed by all Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, says, “The American people are presented with an exceedingly rare opportunity to decide, in a very real and concrete way, the direction the Court will take over the next generation. We believe The People should have this opportunity.”Continue Reading..

24
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 24, 2016

Georgia and American History

On February 24, 1803, the United States Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Marshall decided the case of Marbury v. Madison, enunciating the principle of judicial review under which the Court has authority to review Congressional action and hold them unconstitutional.

In writing the decision, John Marshall argued that acts of Congress in conflict with the Constitution are not law and therefore are non-binding to the courts, and that the judiciary’s first responsibility is always to uphold the Constitution. If two laws conflict, Marshall wrote, the court bears responsibility for deciding which law applies in any given case.

Union troops under General George Thomas attacked Confederates led by General Joseph Johnston near Dalton, Georgia on February 24, 1864.

Casualties were light. Thomas suffered fewer than 300 men killed, wounded, or captured, while Johnston lost around 140 troops. The Union generals did learn a valuable lesson, however; a direct attack against Rocky Face Ridge was foolish. Three months later, Sherman, in command after Grant was promoted to commander of all forces, sent part of his army further south to another gap that was undefended by the Confederates. The intelligence garnered from the Battle of Dalton helped pave the way for a Union victory that summer.

The Atlanta Journal was first published on February 24, 1883.

On February 24, 1988, the United States Supreme Court held in the case of Hustler Magazine v. Falwell, that the First Amendment protects publishers against claims for intentional infliction of emotional distress where the plaintiff is a public figure being parodied by the publication.

Under the Gold Dome Today

SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

8:15 AM APPROPRIATIONS – Criminal justice subcommittee 307 CLOB

8:30 AM AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS 123 CAP

12:00 PM RULES – UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP

1:00 PM REGULATED INDUSTRIES AND UTILITIES 310 CLOB

1:00 PM PUBLIC SAFETY 125 CAP

1:00 PM EDUCATION AND YOUTH 307 CLOB

2:00 PM INTERSTATE COOPERATION 123 CAP

2:00 PM HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 450 CAP

2:30 PM APPROPRIATIONS – Vehicle Subcommittee 341 CAP

3:00 PM REAPPORTIONMENT AND REDISTRICTING 310 CLOB

3:00 PM HIGHER EDUCATION 307 CLOB

3:00 PM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 310 CLOB

3:00 PM STATE INSTITUTIONS AND PROPERTY MEZZ

3:30 PM APPROPRIATIONS – General government subcommittee 341 CAP

3:30 PM Rules subcommittee 125 CAP

4:00 PM SPECIAL JUDICIARY 125 CAP

4:00 PM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM 310 CLOB

4:00 PM FINANCE MEZZ

HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

7:30 AM APPROPRIATIONS – FULL COMMITTEE 341 CAP

8:30 AM Pak Sub Judiciary Non-Civil 606 CLOB

9:00 AM RULES 341 CAP

9:00 AM INTRAGOVERNMENTAL COORDINATION 403 CAP

1:00 PM Resource Management Sub 415 CLOB

1:30 PM JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL 132 CAP

2:00 PM GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS 406 CLOB

2:00 PM Efstration Sub Juvenile Justice 415 CLOB

3:00 PM SPECIAL RULES 506 CLOB

3:00 PM Fleming Sub Judiciary Non-Civil 415 CLOB

3:00 PM EDUCATION 606 CLOB

3:00 PM MOTOR VEHICLES4 06 CLOB

3:00 PM Energy Sub 515 CLOB

SENATE RULES CALENDAR

SB 312 – HOPE; revise a definition; establish minimum HOPE award amounts (H ED – Bethel)

SB 350 – Taxation on Consumer Fireworks; dedicate moneys collected; trauma care, fire services, and local public safety purposes (PUB SAF – Mullis)Continue Reading..

24
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 24, 2016

Callie

Callie is a young adult female Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) who is available for adoption from the Albany Humane Society in Albany, GA.

Albany Jack

Jack is an adult male Flat-Coated Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Albany Humane Society in Albany, GA.

His adoption page says, “I am an awesome guy, but I do need room to run.”

Karma

Karma is a female German Shepherd mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Albany Humane Society in Albany, GA.

WALB-TV in Albany writes that the Senate Bil to name the English Bulldog the Official State Dog of Georgia could hurt the effort to name “the adoptable dog” as the official state dog.

A new bill introduced by a south Georgia state Senator could derail legislation designed to increase pet adoptions.

Last week, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill to designate “the adoptable dog” as Georgia’s official state dog.

Now, Valdosta Senator Ellis Black has introduced a competing bill to name the English bulldog the official state dog.

Luckily, we have an ace up our sleeve.

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23
Feb

James Clifton Announces Campaign for State House District 72

At the Fayette County Republican Party Precinct Mass Meeting Saturday, James Clifton, small business owner and local United States Supreme Court licensed attorney, announced his campaign to run for the State House of Representatives, District 72.

Two weeks ago, Matt Ramsey, current State House Majority Whip, announced his intention not to seek reelection.

State House District 72 includes Peachtree City, South Fayette County, including Brooks and Woolsey, as well as, Senoia and Haralson and the surrounding areas of East Coweta County.

Said Clifton, “I want to thank Representative Ramsey for his service to this District over the last nine years. He has led with conservative values that I intend to continue.”Continue Reading..

23
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 23, 2016

Liza
Liza is an adult female Lab mix who is available for adoption from Heart of Georgia Humane Society in Macon, GA.

Liza is a beautiful chocolate lab mix. She weighs 48 lbs. She is shorter than the average lab. Liza grew up from a puppy around a local football field. No one could catch her so she remained very unsocial. She eventually started staying at a near by house where she was fed and socialized over a 4 month period. She is now house broken, very loving, and gets along well with other dogs. She loves to play and is a happy, happy girl. She does not like a leash but we are working on that. She warms up to strangers very quickly and will make some family a wonderful family pet. She still needs patience, love and reassurance.

Bette

Bette is an 11-month old Sharpei/Boxer mix (maybe some mastiff?) who is available for adoption from Charles Smithgall Humane Society in Sautee Nacoochee, GA.

She looks to be mixed with some Mastiff as well. She came in with her mother Hooch. Both gals need to be spayed and will require homes with fenced yards.

Hooch

Hooch is the 2 year old mother of Bette, and is available for adoption from Charles Smithgall Humane Society in Sautee Nacoochee, GA.

If I adopted Hooch, I’d probably call her “Hoochie Mama,” and Mrs. GaPundit would cringe every time she heard that.

Wiley

Wiley is an adult male Pointer mix who is available for adoption from Hazlehurst Animal Shelter in Hazlehurst, GA.

Wiley is a very beautiful and sweet boy. He is playful and gets along well with other shelter dogs. He has medium energy and would be best in an active home.

23
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 23, 2016

President elect Abraham Lincoln arrived in Washington, DC on February 23, 1861.

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On February 23, 1945, United States Marines raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi, the highest point on the Pacific island Iwo Jima.

This first flag-raising was photographed by Marine photographer Sgt. Louis R. Lowery. On Lowery’s way down Mt. Suribachi, he ran into AP photographer Joe Rosenthal and two other Marine photographers, PFC Bob Campbell and PFC Bill Genaust, who was shooting movies, informing them that the flag-raising they were looking for had already occurred, but encouraging them to check out the view from the top of the hill. The three men continued up the volcano.

Once atop Mt. Suribachi, Rosenthal attempted but was unable to find the soldiers involved in the first flag-raising, deciding instead to photograph the second flag-raising, which featured a much bigger and more photogenic Stars and Stripes. Lowery’s film was sent back to military headquarters for processing via ordinary army post–and took a month to arrive. Rosenthal’s film was sent by seaplane to Guam, and sent from there via radio-photo to the United States. The photograph so impressed President Roosevelt that he ordered the men pictured in it to return home for a publicity tour. Rosenthal later won a Pulitzer Prize for the photo, but for years was forced to deny erroneous reports that he personally staged the second flag-raising and attempted to pass it off as the original.

Although the famous photograph has long led people to believe that the flag-raising was a turning point in the fight for Iwo Jima, vicious fighting to control the island actually continued for 31 more days.

Today, the first and second flags flown atop Mt. Suribachi are held at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia.

On February 23, 1954, the first children in the U.S. were inoculated against polio using a vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk.

The Sons of the American Revolution and Daughter of the American Revolution held a ceremony to honor the 284th Birthday of George Washington. The Gainesville Times has some photos from this neat event.

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SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

8:15 AM APPROPRIATIONS – Fiscal managment subcommittee 450 CAP

12:00 PM RULES – UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP

1:00 PM GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT 125 CAP

1:00 PM APPROP – Transportation Sub MEZZ 1

1:00 PM APPROP – Judicial Sub 341 CAP

1:00 PM ETHICS -CANCELED 307 CLOB

2:00 PM STATE AND LOCAL GOV’TAL OPS 125 CAP

2:00 PM RETIREMENT 310 CLOB

2:00 PM APPROP – Community health sub 341 CAP

2:00 PM APPROP – Ag & Nat’l Res Sub MEZZ 1

2:00 PM JUDICIARY 307 CLOB

3:00 PM APPROP – Human dev’mnt, behavioral hlth, and dev’tal disabil, pub hlth sube 341 CAP

3:00 PM BANKING AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS 310 CLOB

3:00 PM NAT’L RES & ENVT – CANCELED 450 CAP

3:30 PM APPROPRIATIONS – Public Safety Sub MEZZ 1

4:00 PM APPROPRIATIONS – Bonds sub 341 CAP

4:00 PM JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL 307 CLOB

4:00 PM TRANSPORTATION 450 CAP

HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

9:00 AM RULES 341 CAP

1:00 PM TRANSPORTATION 406 CLOB

1:00 PM JUVENILE JUSTICE 506 CLOB

2:00 PM HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES 606 CLOB

2:00 PM REGULATED INDUSTRIES 506 CLOB

2:00 PM Energy Sub 403 CAP

3:00 PM Setzler Sub Judiciary Non-Civil 415 CLOB

3:00 PM PUBLIC SAFETY & HOMELAND SEC 406 CLOB

3:15 PM Special Sub Regulated Ind 506 CLOB

3:30 PM HIGHER EDUCATION 606 CLOB

4:00 PM Caldwell Sub Judiciary Civil 132 CAP

4:00 PM Ballinger Sub Juvenile Justice 515 CLOB

SENATE RULES CALENDAR

SB 323 – State Printing and Documents; public disclosure not be required for any documents pertaining to econ dev project (ED&T – 30th)

SB 356 – Animals; provide definition of the term “owner”; impoundment of animals for any violation; caring for an impounded animal (SLOGO – M. Williams)

SR 954 – Public Property; granting of nonexclusive easements for the construction, operation and maintenance of facilities, utilities, roads (SI&P – Jeffares)

SR 955 – Property Conveyance; authorizing 8 counties (SI&P – Jeffares)

HOUSE RULES CALENDAR

Open Rule

HB 1030 Georgia Seed Development Commission; change certain provisions (A&CA-Watson-172nd)

Modified Open Rule

HB 804 Superior courts; fifth judge of the Clayton Judicial Circuit; provide (Substitute)(Judy-Mabra-63rd)

HB 851 Local government; annual audit of financial affairs, books, and records of boards of trustees of county law libraries; require (Substitute) (B&FAO-Atwood-179th)

HB 856 Probate courts; bond required for judges; change provisions (Judy-Fleming-121st)

HB 944 Health; pronouncement of death of patients in nursing homes who are organ donors by a physician assistant or registered professional nurse; provide (Substitute)(H&HS-Gilligan-24th)

HB 970 Fire protection and safety; issuance of certificates of compliance for fire departments; revise requirements (PS&HS-Lumsden-12th)

HB 975 Commerce and trade; assets and liabilities; provide certain updates to the standard valuation law (Ins-Shaw-176th)

Modified Structured Rule

HB 93 Motor vehicles; law enforcement retaining license plate data obtained from automated license plate recognition systems for certain periods; prohibit (Substitute)(PS&HS-Pezold-133rd) (AM 41 0148)

HB 792 Firearms; carrying, possession, and use of electroshock weapons by persons who are students or who are employed at a public institution; authorize (Substitute)(PS&HS-Brockway-102nd)

HB 827 “Pursuing Justice for Rape Victims Act”; enact (Substitute) (JudyNC-Holcomb-81st)

HB 900 Crimes and offenses; electronic data base of prescription information; authorize the retention of data base information for 2 years (Substitute)(H&HS-Cooper-43rd)

HB 941 Courts; review of incidents involving a peace officer’s use of deadly force that results in death or serious bodily injury; provide for procedure (Substitute)(JudyNC-Golick-40th)

HR 1312 Houston County; certain property currently dedicated as a heritage preserve; authorize the change of use (SProp-Sims-123rd)

HR 1363 House Special Study Committee on Judicial Qualifications Commission Reform; create (Rules-Willard-51st)

Structured Rule

HB 768 Handicapped persons; ABLE program establishment to use tax exempt accounts to pay for qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; provisions (Substitute)(W&M-Hawkins-27th)

HB 923 Sales and use tax; fire districts which have elected governing bodies and are supported by ad valorem taxes; provide exemption (Substitute)(W&M-Quick-117th)

Legislation & Local Issues

State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) says that in-state cultivation of medical marijuana will not pass this session, according to the Macon Telegraph.Continue Reading..

22
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 22, 2016

Nikon

Nikon is an adult male American Bulldog and English Bulldog mix who is available for adoption from the Dawson County Humane Society in Dawsonville, GA.

He loves to play fetch although he doesn’t always bring the toy back =). Small children tend to make him anxious, but around older ones he is good.

Jasper Douglasville

Jasper is an adult female English Bulldog and American Bulldog mix who is available for adoption from Douglas County Animal Control in Douglasville, GA.

MooseEmanuel

Moose is an adult male English Bulldog mix who is available for adoption from Emanuel County Humane Society in Swainsboro, GA.

Moose is Netuered and Heartworm Negative. He gets along great with other dogs.

This weekend, the BarkPost ran a story on the Official State Dog of Georgia legislation.

How many times in life have you thought that a dog represented you well? Perhaps even so well that they should have something a little special, like say a government-designated title?

The dogs at BarkPost’s NYC office have been barking up a storm ever since they caught wind that their adoptable furry brethren in Georgia may just have the chance to have the coolest designation ever – the official state dog of Georgia. That’s right, the pooches at BarkPost’s office are preemptively celebrating by running through the halls with bacon-scented streamers, binging on chicken jerky treats while splayed out on the couches (and even some desks) and working on their pawtographs because you know, they were adoptable once, too.

Introduced this past Tuesday, House Bill 561 (HB 561), would make “the adoptable dog” the official state dog of Georgia. The bill passed through the Georgia House without any objection.

State Representative Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs, was the perfect person to introduce the bill in March of 2015. Why? Because he was dressed for the occasion, wearing a Vineyards Vines tie called “Booze Hound.” The tie featured a Bloodhound sallied up with a martini glass. For this Tuesday’s introduction and vote, Rep. Wilkinson chose a Brooks Brothers blue tie, accented with yellow Labradors, who also sported their own ties.

He hopes that introducing HB 561 will bring “attention to the plight of these homeless animals.”

As for us, we’re keeping our paws are crossed and hoping this Bill passes and helps to find forever homes for Georgia’s adoptable pups!

HLNtv.com wrote about the financial effects of the Official State Dog bill.

Wilkinson said his reasons for pushing the bill were not only for the animals’ welfare, but also financial.

“Some shelters spend $15 a day to house each animal, but that price can go as high as $40 — it’s hard to get an accurate estimate because of this,” he said. “We do know at least $250,000 was spent in Georgia shelters in 2015, and that number could go as high as $500,000. We’re talking millions of dollars to house these animals!”

Now that the bill has been passed by the House, it goes on to the Senate “sometime in March,” Wilkinson said.

“My goal is to enrich the lives of our citizens as well as help the shelters,” he said. “An adopted pet is a lifelong gift.”

Senator Ellis Black and several of his colleagues offered competing legislation, Senate Bill 410, which would name the English Bulldog the Official State Dog.

Maybe they didn’t hear that Georgia English Bulldog Rescue came to the Capitol to support the Official State Dog act? Sounds like an opening for some lobbying by rescued English Bulldogs.

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