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17
Feb

Sen. Johnny Isakson: Time To Act On Homeland Security Funding

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From Senator Johnny Isakson

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Isakson Statement on Federal District Court Issuing Temporary Stay of Obama Immigration Executive Order

‘Time to act on Homeland Security funding’

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today issued the following statement after a federal district court in Texas issued a temporary stay of President Obama’s executive order on immigration:

“The Senate has voted multiple times on the House-passed Homeland Security appropriations bill that would hold the president accountable for his unconstitutional executive amnesty. The U.S. District Court in Texas has now affirmed that the president’s executive action on immigration may be illegal. It’s time to act on the Homeland Security funding bill and to stop this executive overreach.”

The legal challenge against President Obama’s executive overreach was brought by 26 states, including Georgia.

Funding for the Department of Homeland Security is set to expire on Feb. 27, 2015. The Senate voted on whether to begin debate on a U.S. House of Representatives-passed Homeland Security appropriations bill on Feb. 2, Feb. 3, and Feb. 4, 2015. The motion needed 60 votes to pass, but failed each time because of Democratic opposition.

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17
Feb

Sen. Gloria Butler: Elected Chairwoman of DeKalb County Senate Delegation

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From Senator Gloria Butler

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Sen. Gloria Butler Elected Chairwoman of DeKalb County Senate Delegation

Sen. Gloria Butler (D-Stone Mountain) has been elected Chairwoman of the DeKalb County Senate Delegation. The DeKalb Delegation will play an integral role in the decision-making process when determining what local legislation goes forward for a vote in the Senate Chamber.

“I look forward to working in collaboration with the members of the Senate Delegation as well as members of the House delegation,” said Sen. Butler. “The constituents of DeKalb County are the inspiration behind every decision I make and they remain my top priority. It is an honor to have their support and I am very blessed to represent them in this position.”

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17
Feb

Sen. Jesse Stone: Week Four Updates From the Capitol

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From Senator Jesse Stone

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Week Four Updates From the Capitol

Another eventful week has passed at the Georgia State Capitol, and the Senate has been hard at work passing meaningful legislation that will continue to improve our state. This week, my colleagues and I spent much time discussing, and then passing five very important bills that will help create a better life for Georgia’s children and families and encourage critical economic development. After a busy fourth week, I know that week five promises to be another productive one for the Georgia State Senate.

The passing of Senate Bill 8, or Safe Harbor/Rachel’s Law, was a big step toward ending child sex trafficking in Georgia. SB 8 establishes the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund and Commission, which will offer medical treatment, counseling and other assistance programs to victims of child sex trafficking. This legislation will extend the statute of limitations for actions relating to childhood sexual abuse, provide state regulation of certain adult entertainment businesses and will require anyone found guilty of sexually exploiting a child to be registered in the State Sexual Offender Registry. As chairman of the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee, I heard Rachel, the inspiration behind Rachel’s Law, address the committee and express the importance of SB 8.

On Monday, Feb. 9, the Senate passed SB 53, which would allow licensed professional counselors to perform certain emergency examinations of individuals who are mentally ill, or alcohol or drug dependent. I see this bill as an opportunity to diagnose and aid these patients as early as possible to protect them and the public.

SB 3, the Supporting and Strengthening Families Act, was passed by the Senate on Tuesday. It provides that parents may delegate power of attorney and authority regarding the care and of a minor child to another adult for up to one year.

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17
Feb

Sen. Ed Harbison: Bill Allowing Military Experience to Count for Technical College Academic Credit Gains Senate Approval

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From Senator Ed Harbison

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Bill Allowing Military Experience to Count for Technical College Academic Credit Gains Senate Approval

Sen. Ed Harbison (D – Columbus) sponsored Senate Bill 18, a bill that allows the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) to accept prior work experience and skills learned through the Military for academic credit. SB 18 passed the Georgia Senate today by a vote of 53-0. SB 18 ensures that members of Georgia’s military have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained through their service to their academic careers.

“Georgia must provide every opportunity for the men and women who serve in our military to advance their academic careers,” said Sen. Harbison. “Georgia’s military members have received world class training and education in their respective fields. These men and women who have made immense sacrifices for our country deserve to be given the opportunity to put these valuable skills to use in our workforce. Allowing Technical Colleges to grant academic credit for knowledge gained through military service gives deserving veterans in Georgia an additional pathway to a successful future.”

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17
Feb

Gov. Nathan Deal: Caesarstone to create 130 jobs in Bryan County

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From Governor Nathan Deal

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Deal: Caesarstone to create 130 jobs in Bryan County  

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Caesarstone, a manufacturer of high-quality engineered quartz surfaces, will expand in Richmond Hill, creating 130 jobs.

“Caesarstone’s expansion underscores just how well our partnerships with the international community can strengthen Georgia’s network of advanced manufacturing companies,” said Deal. “During my economic development trip to Israel last summer, I had the opportunity to visit Caesarstone at Kibbutz Sdot Yam. I’m thrilled that Caesarstone has found such success here in Georgia, and I have no doubt that it will continue to benefit from our solid workforce and strong logistics system for years to come.”

Caesarstone announced its first U.S.-based manufacturing plant in the Belfast Commerce Centre in November 2013. Due to a steady increase in sales in the United States and Canada, the company is further expanding its U.S. manufacturing operations. The company will continue to use the intermodal facility at the Port of Savannah and it also plans to utilize the access to rail to import raw materials for its production process.

“We are pleased with the assistance and support received from the state of Georgia, Bryan County and Richmond Hill,” said Caesarstone CEO Yos Shiran. “We see Richmond Hill as a long-term home for our North American manufacturing operations.”

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17
Feb

Rand’s Hands: the many gestures of Rand Paul

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17
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 17, 2015

Arrow

Arrow is an 8-week old male Chihuahua mix puppy who was turned in to the shelter with his sister. He is available for adoption from Clover Run Rescue in Jefferson, GA.

Lily

Lily is a sweet, 6-month old Beagle/Labrador retriever mix. She is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Jackson County in Jefferson, GA.

Mitch

Mitch is a friendly, socialized and playful 8-month old male Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) available with no adoption fee to the right home from Leftover Pets Inc in Winder, GA.

17
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 17, 2015

On March 17, 1739, Thomas Jones wrote to the Georgia Trustees in London of the appalling conditions in Savannah.

“The profanation of the Lord’s Day. When at church in the time of divine service, can hear continual firing of guns by people that are shooting at some game, others carrying burdens on wheelbarrows by the church door.

“The uncommon lewdness practiced by many and gloried in.

“The negligence of officers in permitting several in this town to retail rum and strong liquors, unlicensed, who have no other visible way of livelihood, where servants resort and are encouraged to rob their masters… .

“I need not mention profane swearing and drunkenness, which are not so common here as in some other places, and few are notorious therein, besides Mr. Baliff Parker, who I have seen wallow in the mire….

Kind of reminds me of the itinerary the first time I ever visited Savannah.

The Georgia legislature, on February 17, 1783, passed legislation granting land to veterans of Georgia militia who served during the Revolutionary War.

On February 17, 1784, the Georgia legislature passed a bill to increase an earlier formula for settling the state, allotting 200 acres to each head of a family, plus 50 acres for each family member (including up to 10 slaves) up to a maximum of 1000 acres.

Thomas Jefferson was elected Third President of the United States on February 17, 1801. The election was deadlocked for three months between Jefferson and his running-mate Aaron Burr.

On November 4 [1800], the national election was held. When the electoral votes were counted, the Democratic-Federalists emerged with a decisive victory, with Jefferson and Burr each earning 73 votes to Adams’ 65 votes and Pinckney’s 64 votes. John Jay, the governor of New York, received 1 vote.

Because Jefferson and Burr had tied, the election went to the House of Representatives, which began voting on the issue on February 11, 1801. What at first seemed but an electoral technicality–handing Jefferson victory over his running mate–developed into a major constitutional crisis when Federalists in the lame-duck Congress threw their support behind Burr. Jefferson needed a majority of nine states to win, but in the first ballot had only eight states, with Burr winning six states and Maryland and Virginia. Finally, on February 17, a small group of Federalists reasoned that the peaceful transfer of power required that the majority party have its choice as president and voted in Jefferson’s favor. The 35th ballot gave Jefferson victory with 10 votes. Burr received four votes and two states voted blank.

On February 17, 1820, the United States Senate passed the Missouri Compromise to govern the admission of new states as either slave-holding or not.

On February 17, 1854, Georgia Governor Herschel Johnson signed legislation by the Georgia General Assembly placing on the ballot for the next generation the question of whether to move the state capital from Milledgeville to Atlanta.

The first portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to hang in the state capitol was unveiled on March 17, 1974 and was replaced in 2006 by the current portrait.

Under the Gold Dome Today

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16
Feb

Bob Barr: America’s First Anti-Exceptionalism President

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From Bob Barr via TownHall.com

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America’s First Anti-Exceptionalism President

The Administration of Barack Obama may be struggling with strengthening the economy, controlling the damage of Obamacare, remaining an influential player in international politics, and a number of other crucial issues, but it has at least found one area in which the President excels – denigrating the country he leads.

Obama’s latest display of the contempt he harbors for the country and history of America, came last week at the National Prayer Breakfast, when the President gratuitously accused Americans of “get[ting] on our high horse” when criticizing those countries or non-state actors (such as ISIS) that commit horrendous acts of violence in the name of religion. Obama used the examples of “slavery and Jim Crow” to justify his point that America is no better than any others – including by implication ISIS – when it comes to committing violent acts in the name of religion.

The few remaining liberal apologists for this Administration, such as commentators at MSNBC, tried to rationalize Obama’s remarks by characterizing them as an “accurate” history lesson taken out of context by the “Right.” However, it is exactly the current global context in which the comments were made, amplified by the hubris with which they were delivered, that makes them so damaging to us in the real world.

Today, the world is gripped at the throat by a “religious” organization that uses a level of savagery not seen since the Medieval era to attempt to terrorize and intimidate its enemies, including the United States. Yet Obama, speaking in his capacity as the President of the United States, found it appropriate and timely to liken such tactics – which include the burning-alive of captives, throwing homosexuals off buildings, stoning women, decapitating hostages on video, and slaughtering minority groups — to America’s long-ago outlawed Jim Crow laws and slavery.

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16
Feb

Sen. Judson Hill: Capitol News Session Weekly Update # 5

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From Senator Judson Hill

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Sen. Judson Hill: Capitol News Session Weekly Update # 5

Greetings from the Capitol !

We have been in Session for about a month completing day 15 of the 2015 Session.e Senate and House Committees are meeting  and debating issues and bills relevant to each specific committee. The job of the committees is to gather a group of Senators with knowledge on a topic and get testimonies from people outside of the Senate to share information and oft times advocate on proposed legislation in order for the Senators to make informed decisions for their constituents. More Bills are beginning to make their way onto the floor for a vote. Of note is the legislature has passed a Resolution setting the last legislative day for 2015 – April 2nd.

Below is a list of notable legislation that has been introduced in the Senate or passed the past week.

2015 Legislation of Note Passed or Introduced this Week in the Senate:

SB 3: The Supporting and Strengthening Families Act” passed to allow parents to temporaility trabsfer custodial oversight to another adult during times when extenuating circumstances impact the ability to propoerly care for a child.

SB 8 / SR 7:  Rachel’s Law / the Safe Harbor for Sexually Expolited Children Fund Commission passed the Senate to increase criminal and civil penalties for perpetrators of human trafficking. It includes certain proetctions for and increases the statute of limitations on sexual exploitation crimes.

SB 86:  This was introduced to prooses to create an alternative to medical malpractice litigation whereby patients are compensated for medical injuries to provide for filing of and disposition of applications, appellate review, and administrative expenses. A similar bill titled the Patient Compensation Act has been under consideration in prior legisltive sessions.

SB 87: This Bill was introduced to amend the Georgia Code so as to limit the use of specialty board designations by physicians unless the physician was Board certified.

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