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11
Feb

Infographic: Georgia’s Gas Tax Before and After HB 170

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For the policy nerds out there, I’ll note that the numbers used are not precise, but they serve to illustrate what’s going on with the proposed changes.

For example, the chart put the local tax at 2.4%, while that’s an average, not a specific number. Secondly, the calculations assume $3.39 per gallon, the average price over the past four years. Rounding means that 13.65 cents on $3.39 is rounded down from 8.136 cents to 8.1 cents; likewise, the 4% state sales tax is rounded up from 13.56 cents to 13.6 cents.

Currently, the state sales tax per gallon is set periodically, usually fluctuating twice per year; the current state sales tax is 11.8 cents per gallon, based on a $2.95 per gallon gas price the last time it was sent.

11
Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 11, 2015

On February 11, 1733, the first military formation in Georgia was held, as male colonists assembled with their muskets.

On February 11, 1776, Georgia Royal Governor Sir James Wright escaped from house arrest in Savannah to a waiting British warship HMS Scarborough.

Burt Reynolds was born on February 11, 1936 in Lansing, Michigan, though some accounts say Waycross, Georgia. Beginning with Deliverance, filmed along the Chattooga River in North Georgia in 1972, Georgia rose to number three in the nation for film production while Reynolds’s star rose to prominence. Other Reynolds movies filmed in Georgia include The Longest Yard, Gator, Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run, and Sharkey’s Machine.

Under the Gold Dome Today

The current Adjournment Resolution, which sets the legislative schedule going forward, has the last day of Session scheduled for April 2, 2015. this week, the General Assembly is in Session today and tomorrow with no floor session planned for Friday.Continue Reading..

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Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 11, 2015

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43716 is a young female Hound who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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43542 is a male Basset Hound mix who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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43629 is a female Lab mix who is fully vetted and is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

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43837 is a beautiful young male Pointer who is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter. He’ll need some help filling out his skinny frame.

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43807 is a friendly young female Chihuahua who will be available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter beginning Friday.

10
Feb

VIDEO – Senate in a Minute: Day 13 with Sen. Burt Jones

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From The Senate Press Office and Senator Burt Jones 

Senate in a Minute: Day 13

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10
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 10, 2015

Jack Macon

Jack is a Hound & Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Furever After Rescue in Macon, GA.

Jack White

Jack White is a Labrador Retriever & White German Shepherd mix who loves playing, including in a kiddie pool; Jack White is available for adoption from Ginny Millner Rescue Group in Atlanta, GA.

Jack Winder

Jack is a Shepherd & Cattle Dog mix puppy who is available for adoption from Remember Me? Pet Rescue in Winder,GA.

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Feb

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for February 10, 2015

On February 10, 1787, the Georgia House of Assembly named William Few, Abraham Baldwin, William Pierce, George Walton, William Houstoun, and Nathaniel Pendleton to the Constitutional Convention called to revise the Articles of Confederation at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

On February 10, 1861, Jefferson Davis of Mississippi received word that he was chosen as President of the Confederate States of America.

On February 10, 1972, David Bowie made his first appearance as Ziggy Stardust.

Under the Gold Dome Today

9:00am – 10:00am House Rules – 341 CAP
12:00pm – 1:00pm Senate Rules Upon Adj – 450 Capitol
1:00pm – 2:00pm Senate Interstate Coop – 123 CAP
1:00pm – 2:00pm Senate Science & Tech – 310 CLOB
1:00pm – 3:00pm House Approp Economic Dev – 606 CLOB
2:00pm – 3:00pm House Insurance P&C Sub – 514 CLOB
2:00pm – 3:00pm House Approp Health Sub – 341 CAP
2:00pm – 3:00pm Senate Urban Affairs – 328 CLOB
2:00pm – 3:00pm House Judiciary Civil – 132 CAP
2:00pm – 3:00pm House Ways & Means Income Tax – 133 CAP
2:00pm – 3:00pm Senate Higher Education – 307 CLOB
2:00pm – 3:00pm House Approp Public Safety – 415 CLOB
2:00pm – 3:00pm House Approp Education Sub – 515 CLOB
3:00pm – 4:00pm Senate Natural Resources – 450 CAP
3:00pm – 4:00pm Senate Veterans – 125 CAP
3:00pm – 4:00pm House Game, Fish & Parks – 403 Capitol
3:00pm – 4:00pm House Ways & Means Sales Tax Sub – 133 CAP
3:00pm – 4:00pm House Science & Technology – 506 CLOB
4:00pm – 5:00pm Senate Economic Development – Senate Mezz 1
4:00pm – 5:00pm House Education Acad. Support – 415 CLOB
4:00pm – 5:00pm House Ways & Means Ad Valorem – 133 CAP
4:00pm – 5:00pm House Public Safety – 406 CLOB
4:00pm – 5:00pm Senate Judiciary – 307 CLOB

Senate Rules Calendar for Today

SB 3 - ‘Supporting and Strengthening Families Act’; power of attorney from parent to another person; care of minor child; provide for (As Introduced) (Substitute) (H&HS-45th)

SB 5 - Georgia Ports Authority; provide for powers; acceptance of loans/grants from United States upon certain terms and conditions (As Introduced) (Substitute) (ED&T-46th)Continue Reading..

9
Feb

VIDEO – GA State Senate: Senate in a Minute: Day 12 with Sen. William Ligon

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From The Senate Press Office and Senator William Ligon

Senate in a Minute: Day 12

9
Feb

Sen. Judson Hill: 2015 Session Weekly Update # 4

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From Senator Judson Hill

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2015 Session Weekly Update # 4 – Capitol News from Sen. Judson Hill

We have settled into the 4th week of the 2015 Session. Local delegations have begun to meet to plan strategies for local legislation and our Appropriation Committees have been working hard in order to adjust the proposed budget for the 2015-2016 year. Bills are slowly beginning to move between the House and the Senate.Below is a list of notable legislation that has been introduced in the Senate and is under deliberation in their respective committees.

On Monday, the Senate Appropriations Committee will vote on the proposed Supplemental FY 2015 State budget. We have worked on adjusting the current FY 2015 ($20.8 billion) budget, later and we will also vote on the FY 2016 ($21.1 billion) budget. This 

2015-16 GA State Budget link  takes you to documents to view a more detailed description of Governor Deal’s proposed 2015 Amended and 2016 State budgets.

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

SB 69: This bill would protect our GA Defense Force from being fired while they are called up for service across the state before the GA National Guard is deployed.

SB 70 : This bill would require that armed security guards must complete a background check and be fingerprinted in order to begin a public safety related job.

SB 80: This bill is would revise provisions relating to funding for state charter schools and virtual charter schools.

SB 74 - I sponsored this bill to create a Charity Health Care Organization to provide a tax state deductible contribution to raise moneys for Charity Health Clinics that offer low cost and free healthcare for the un-insured.

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9
Feb

Sen. Frank Ginn: Unanimous Support for Education in the Georgia State Senate

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From Senator Frank Ginn

Sen. Frank Ginn

Unanimous Support for Education in the Georgia State Senate

Last week, the Georgia State Senate convened for Days 9, 10 and 11 of the 2015 legislative session. Senate Appropriations subcommittees met throughout the week to review HB 75, the supplemental appropriations bill for FY 2015. The bill will likely hit the chamber floor this week, where it will be voted on by the full Senate. If the Senate passes an amended version of HB 75, it will need to be sent back to the House before being sent to Governor Deal’s desk for a signature. If the House does not agree with the Senate’s version of HB 75, a conference committee from both chambers will be appointed to work out the differences. Only then will HB 75 be able to be sent to Governor Deal for his final approval.

The Senate unanimously passed legislation for the second time since session started—showing that we clearly have a bipartisan commitment to improving the education and overall welfare of Georgia’s children. Senate Bill 2 will provide Georgia’s students with another pathway to success by allowing students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma while also completing rigorous coursework at a Technical College. Not only will this help students reach education and career goals more efficiently, but it will also send a clear message to potential business investors that Georgia has a skilled workforce at the ready to fill their open positions.

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) will work with the State Board of Education to identify gaps in the workforce where skilled professionals are needed. Local school boards will be given reports about these areas of need and encouraged to use them in order to better assist their students in making educational choices. As lawmakers, it’s our responsibility to make sure students have multiple avenues for success at all education levels—by passing SB 2, we are keeping education a top priority in our state.

The Honorable Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson of the Supreme Court of Georgia delivered his annual “State of the Judiciary” address to a joint session of the House and Senate; highlighting the accomplishments of Georgia’s Judicial Branch as well as the challenges ahead.  Georgia’s courtrooms are committed to protecting individual rights and liberties, upholding the rules of law, and providing a forum for the peaceful resolution of disputes that is fair, impartial, and accessible to all. The courts serve as the third leg of an important tripod. They provide balance to the executive and legislative branch.

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9
Feb

Sen. Jeff Mullis: Update from the Gold Dome

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From Senator Jeff Mullis

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Update from the Gold Dome

Last week, the Georgia State Senate convened for Days 9, 10, and 11 of the 2015 legislative session. Capitol business is quickly starting to pick-up as lawmakers continue to file legislation and resume the committee process. I am proud to say the Senate unanimously passed its second bill in a row showing a strong bipartisan commitment to Georgia’s children.

Senate Bill 2, sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R – Marietta) seeks to provide Georgia’s students with another pathway to a brighter future through our education system. Students will be allowed to advance their careers by earning a high school diploma while pursuing a degree at a Technical College. Not only will this help students reach education and career goals more efficiently, but it will also send a clear message to potential business investors that Georgia has a skilled workforce at the ready to fill their open positions.

The Senate and the House of Representatives met for a joint session on Wednesday to hear the Honorable Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson of the Supreme Court of Georgia deliver his annual “State of the Judiciary” address.  Chief Justice Thompson updated lawmakers on the accomplishments of the judicial branch over the last year and the challenges that lie ahead.

Georgia’s courtrooms are committed to protecting individual rights and liberties, upholding the rules of law, and providing a forum for the peaceful resolution of disputes that is fair, impartial, and accessible to all.  Lawmakers have been dedicated to criminal justice reform and the growth of specialty courts, specifically the Veterans Court remains a crowning achievement of those efforts.  Our veterans returning home from combat with brain injuries, mental health problems, and drug and alcohol dependencies too often end up in the criminal justice system.  Georgia currently has seven Veterans Courts which serves those who have sacrificed everything for our freedom and gives them every chance to succeed.

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