Sen. Johnny Isakson: Praises Senate Passage of Legislation to Protect Homeowners from Flood Insurance Rate Spike

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Isakson Praises Senate Passage of Legislation to Protect Homeowners from Flood Insurance Rate Spike

Isakson Led Bipartisan Effort to Pass Flood Insurance Fix for Homeowners in Coastal and Flood Plain Areas

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today praised the Senate passage of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, which would protect millions of homeowners from being hit by huge flood insurance premium rate hikes.

The bill, H.R.3370, was approved by the Senate today by a vote of 72-22. The measure will now advance to the White House to be signed into law by the president.

“I am thrilled the Senate was able to come together in a bipartisan manner today to protect millions of hardworking families across the country from the steep increases in their annual flood insurance premiums,” said Isakson.  Continue reading

Gov. Nathan Deal: Sen. Lester Jackson’s St. Patrick’s Day Legislation Signed into Law

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Sen. Lester Jackson’s St. Patrick’s Day Legislation Signed into Law

Today, Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 318 into law, making it the first piece of legislation he signed from the 2014 Legislative Session. Sen. Lester Jackson (D–Savannah) sponsored SB 318 to authorize the sale of adult beverages for consumption on Sundays during the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, Ga.

“I am thankful my colleagues in the both the Senate and House for acting swiftly to pass this important piece of legislation,” said Sen. Jackson.  “I applaud Gov. Deal for his leadership on this issue Continue reading

Gov. Nathan Deal: Council Will Work To Reform Child Welfare System

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Deal: Council will work to reform child welfare system

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the creation of the Child Welfare Reform Council to improve our child welfare system and better protect Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens. Modeled after the successful Criminal Justice Reform Council, this council will complete a comprehensive review of the Division of Family and Children Services and advise the governor on possible executive agency reforms and legislative fixes if necessary.

“After meeting with numerous stakeholders including former foster youth, juvenile court judges, providers and child advocates, it was clear there was a need for a more deliberate reform process of the child welfare system,” Deal said. Continue reading

State House Approves: Sen. David Shafer Resolution Encouraging More Korean Business Investment in Georgia

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State House Approves Shafer Resolution Encouraging More Korean Business Investment in Georgia

The Georgia House of Representatives approved a Senate resolution today encouraging more Korean business investment in Georgia. Senate Resolution 941 was sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R – Duluth) and passed by a vote of 162 to 8.

“Both chambers of the Georgia General Assembly have shown they fully support and appreciate the Korean businesses who have invested in our state by approving Senate Resolution 941,” said Sen. Shafer. Continue reading

Poll: Port project no big deal – Atlanta Business Chronicle

The push for federal funding to deepen the Port of Savannah has Georgia politicians in a tizzy, but the issue isn’t resonating with voters.

That’s the finding of a poll released Wednesday by Atlanta-based media and polling firm InsiderAdvantage.

According to an online survey of 488 likely Georgia voters conducted March 10-11, only 49 percent said the Savannah Harbor project is important to them in the upcoming elections for governor and U.S. senator.

Eighteen percent said it’s not important, 25 percent said they don’t know enough about the issue to form an opinion and 8 percent said they’re undecided.

“This suggests that expansion of the Port of Savannah is, at present, a sort of ‘inside ballgame’ matter,” InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery said. “Candidates would have to make it more important through political ads down the road to likely move many votes on the issue.”

Towery said the port project is complicated, which explains why so many voters either say they don’t know enough about it or are undecided. As a result, he said the issue is unlikely to be the determining factor in Gov. Nathan Deal’s re-election bid or the Senate matchup between Democrat Michelle Nunn and the Republican who survives the hotly contested GOP primary.

via Poll: Port project no big deal – Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Sponsor abandons Common Core bill – Atlanta Business Chronicle

A Republican state senator is backing away from legislation he introduced targeting federal education standards, citing changes made in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, said Wednesday he won’t back the bill unless lawmakers restore language making it clear that Georgia will not continue moving toward adopting Common Core, a set of national education standards conservatives oppose as a federal takeover of education.

The original version of the bill, which Ligon introduced last year, required the Georgia Department of Education to withdraw from Common Core. When that failed to gain traction, Ligon agreed to a compromise calling for a state advisory committee to examine the standards and make recommendations.

The Senate passed the amended bill late last month 34-16 and sent it to the House.

But on Wednesday, Ligon complained the bill has been so watered down on the House side of the Capitol that he can no longer support it.

“Big business interests and the top leadership of educational lobby groups have mischaracterized the bill language,” he said. “Now, potential changes are being considered to the bill.”

via Sponsor abandons Common Core bill – Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Watered-down Flint River bill clears Georgia House – Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia lawmakers overwhelmingly passed an embattled water policy bill Wednesday but with a far narrower scope than what supporters originally envisioned.

The legislation, which won approval in the state House of Representatives 164-3, would set the stage for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to pump water stored in underground aquifers into streams along the lower Flint River in times of drought using a process called augmentation. It would allow the EPD director to prohibit irrigation permit holders downstream from the augmentation project from tapping into that water, legal authority supporters say the agency needs to protect the state from being sued for failing to protect endangered mussels.

The original version of the bill the state Senate passed last year prompted an outcry from environmental groups that it could be used to send massive quantities of water down the Flint River into Florida, a “swap” that would let metro Atlanta keep enough water in Lake Lanier to supply the metro region for years to come, increasing Georgia’s leverage in the tri-state water wars.

Gov. Nathan Deal got behind the bill, as did the Georgia Agribusiness Council and Georgia Farm Bureau.

But enough members of the House objected to such sweeping legislation that supporters were forced to narrow the bill to get it through the lower chamber.

via Watered-down Flint River bill clears Georgia House – Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Voter registration continues through April 21 | savannahnow.com

Residents of Effingham County who would like to register to vote before the May 20 Republican primary have until April 21 to do so.

Olivia Morgan, supervisor with the board of elections, said people who want to register to vote can do so at the county elections office, at 284 Ga. 119 S. in Springfield. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 912-754-8030.

People also may print a postage-paid voter registration application at the Georgia Secretary of State’s Web page: sos.ga.gov and mail it via the U.S. Postal Service.

via Voter registration continues through April 21 | savannahnow.com.