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11
Feb

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for February 11, 2015

Gwinnett43716

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

Gwinnett43542

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.

Gwinnett43837

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.

10
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)

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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

Judson - Bio Photo 2013

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

Mullis

 

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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9
Feb

Rep. Tom Price: The President’s Reckless Budget

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From Congressman Tom Price 

Price

 

The President’s Reckless Budget

President Obama has released his Fiscal Year 2016 budget. The President’s proposal includes a $2.4 trillion spending increase, a $2.1 trillion tax increase and adds $8.5 trillion to the national debt. And, as expected, his budget never, ever balances. As we have seen over the past several years, this fiscally irresponsible approach will yield less opportunity for the middle class and a crushing burden of debt that threatens both our future prosperity and our national security. A proposal that never balances is not a serious plan for America’s fiscal future. Especially when we have to borrow money just to afford the programs that are already in place.

Clearly, a new direction is needed. As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues to build a budget that will balance and not take more from hardworking families just to spend more in Washington. After all, every dollar that is taken from Americans in taxes – and every dollar borrowed – is a dollar that can’t be spent on real priorities like paying for a child’s education, buying a car, paying rent, paying a mortgage, or buying a house. That is why the budget that we will present to the American people will make government more efficient and accountable to hard-working taxpayers, lift the regulatory burden on families and job creators, and embrace the innovative spirit that drives American entrepreneurship and success. This is how we, as a nation, can lay the foundation for a healthy economy and a responsible federal budget.


Transparency & Accountability

Last week, the House of Representatives debated and passed two pieces of legislation, H.R. 50 and H.R. 527, to increase transparency at regulatory agencies so they are forced to consider the impact their directives have on states and small businesses across the country. Job creators and hard-working families have experienced the slowest recovery from an economic downturn in modern history, due in no small part to an overactive regulatory regime at the federal level. It is imperative that we ramp up accountability across the board and shine a light on the number of unfunded mandates that are handed down from Washington in order to recognize, and hopefully mitigate, the damage that’s being done. It’s an important part of creating an economic environment conducive to growth and opportunity.

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9
Feb

Rep. Buddy Carter: From Our Nation’s Capitol Column- Week Five

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From Congressman Buddy Carter

Congressman Budy carter

From Our Nation’s Capitol Column- Week Five

Monday, February 2, 2015:  I start the week in Glynn County to speak at the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference.  This annual conference is important to shipping and maritime companies as well as the many businesses associated with the Georgia Ports Authority and the movement of international freight. We are truly blessed to have two of the finest international ports in the country right here in the First District located in Brunswick and Savannah.  Immediately upon returning to Washington, I join other members of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to be briefed on the testimony we will be receiving tomorrow from the Inspectors Generals (I.G.) and their concern that agencies are uncooperative in working with the I.G.’s and prohibiting them from doing their jobs.  The I.G.’s were created by Congress and are intended to be non-partisan, independent watchdogs of the taxpayers for fraud, waste and abuse of the various departments within the federal bureaucracy.  Next, I have a phone interview with an Atlanta radio station regarding the recent gun smuggling problem at the Atlanta airport, as well as a phone conference with Dr. Svein Oie, Dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Georgia, my alma mater, regarding an internship we are trying to set up for this summer with the school.  Afterwards, I have a telephone interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution regarding the President’s budget announcement today and his inclusion of funds for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). Next, I head to the House Chamber where I am “managing the floor” for two bills, H.R. 361, the Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act, and H.R. 615, the Department of Homeland Security Interoperable Communications Act.  “Managing the floor” means that I am presenting the bills on the floor and controlling the debate by yielding time to other members who wish to speak on the bills.  Afterwards, we pass these two bills as well as H.R. 623, the Social Media Working Group Act of 2015.Continue Reading..