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22
Jan

SOS Brian Kemp: Reminds Corporate Customers of Annual Registration Renewal Period

Your Georgia Desk

From Secretary of State Brian Kemp

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Secretary of State Kemp Reminds Corporate Customers of Annual Registration Renewal Period

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds officers and registered agents of corporate entities registered in Georgia that the annual registration renewal period has begun. The deadline for the annual registration renewal period is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Georgia law requires all corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships to file annual registrations with the Secretary of State and pay the renewal fee. Business entities that fail to renew by the deadline will be charged a $25 late filing penalty fee and risk being administratively dissolved.

Customers are encouraged to renew their existing corporate entities and provide at least one valid email address with their filing. Customers can then receive future renewal notices and important notifications related to their filing in email format.

Customers are also able to file hard copy annual registrations with a check or money order by mail to P.O. Box 23038 Columbus, GA 31902. Customers can also file in person at the Secretary of State’s Corporations Division, in Atlanta, the Professional Licensing Boards Division, in Macon and the agency’s South Georgia Office, in Tifton. Absolutely no cash is accepted for payment of renewal or registration fees.

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22
Jan

Gov. Nathan Deal: Names Education Reform Commission Members

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From Governor Nathan Deal

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Deal names Education Reform Commission members

Gov. Nathan Deal today named the individuals who will serve on the Education Reform Commission that he announced during his State of the State address. The commission will study the state’s education system, including its funding formula, and provide recommendations intended to improve the system, increase access to early learning programs, recruit and retain high-quality instructors and expand school options for Georgia’s families.

“My vision for K-12 education in Georgia is a system driven by student need that provides local school and district leaders with real control and flexibility,” said Deal. “With this commission now in place, it is my hope that we will work together to make education more accessible and effective in preparing our state’s students for the rigors of college and the workforce. Georgia families depend on our classrooms, and now it’s time we take the responsibility in full to provide the high-quality, technologically advanced education they so deserve. I fully anticipate this commission will help bring my vision to reality and I’m grateful for the members’ willingness to serve.”

The commission will convene throughout the year to comprehensively review the state’s education system and QBE funding formula in order to provide recommendations on possible executive, legislative and agency fixes. The recommendations will be sent to Deal by Aug. 1of this year, with some going into effect as early as the 2016-2017 school year. Chuck Knapp, former president of the University of Georgia, will chair both the commission and the subcommittee on funding reform.

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22
Jan

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

Your Washington – GA 3 – Desk

From Congressman Lynn Westmoreland

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No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015. H.R. 7 prohibits tax credits and subsidies under ObamaCare from being used to purchase health plans that cover abortion except in cases related to rape, incest, or preserving the life of the mother.  The bill also codifies the long standing Hyde Amendment and states that no funds authorized or appropriated shall be used for abortions. Additionally, H.R. 7 requires health plans to disclose to enrollees at the time of enrollment in the plan the extent of abortion coverage and abortion premium surcharges. Below is Congressman Westmoreland’s statement.

“It is disgraceful that any American who religiously or morally disagrees with abortion should be forced to pay for one,”stated Westmoreland. “As a staunch pro-lifer, I am proud to support H.R. 7 to prevent any taxpayer dollars from being used to end an innocent child’s life. I will do everything I can to prevent federal dollars or subsidies from being manipulated into paying for an abortion that I adamantly oppose. I believe that all life is sacred, and we must do all we can to protect the voice of the unborn.”

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22
Jan

Rep. Tom Graves: Votes to Prohibit Taxpayer Funded Abortions

Your Washington – GA 14 – Desk

From Congressman Tom Graves 

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Rep. Tom Graves Votes to Prohibit Taxpayer Funded Abortions

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) released the following statement after voting in favor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 7), which prohibits taxpayer funded abortions: 

“This legislation is especially meaningful to me because my days working to protect and promote innocent life go back many years. From the time that my wife Julie was the president and founder of the Gordon County chapter of Georgia Right to Life to my first floor speech in the Georgia General Assembly. And I’m proud to say that nothing has changed. My vote for this legislation is a vote to protect unborn lives, and the conscience of millions of people around the country who, like me, believe every unborn baby has the right to life.” 

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22
Jan

Sen. Bill Cowsert: It’s Your Money

Your Georgia Desk

From Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert

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It’s Your Money

 

There is only one bill that the Georgia General Assembly has to pass each year – the budget. It is our predominant duty, more important than any law we pass under the Gold Dome and a duty more important that any partisan agenda. As your elected representatives and senators, we must remain good stewards of your money.

It is my opinion that Georgia citizens work harder and better than anyone else in the world. When the government takes a percentage of your money – no matter how small – we must ensure that Georgia and its citizens are better off for the effort.

The Georgia Constitution, unlike its federal counterpart, mandates a balanced budget. Since we cannot spend more than our tax revenues, we had to make large budget cuts when revenues fell during the great recession. As the economy recovers, our revenues are growing more than they have in many years, allowing us to restore funding in many areas of state government. We are seeing that Georgia – through budget cuts and thoughtful planning – has emerged from the recession stronger than most states. We are in an excellent position to prosper even more in the coming years.

In Georgia, we keep a “rainy day” fund to help balance our budget when the economy has an inevitable downturn. Our rainy day fund was more than $1.6 billion in 2007. These reserves helped us to weather the storm of the recession.

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22
Jan

VIDEO – Sen. Butch Miller: Recaps Week 1 In The State Legislature

Your Georgia Desk

From Senator Butch Miller

Sen. Butch Miller Recaps Week 1 in the state legislature

22
Jan

VIDEO – Sen. David Perdue: Iran Sanctions – Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Your Washington Desk

From Senator David Perdue

Senator David Perdue in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Asking Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism & Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen about sanctions with Iran

22
Jan

Sen. David Perdue: Cosponsores The REINS Act

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From Senator David Perdue

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Senator David Perdue Cosponsors Legislation To Roll Back Regulations & Hold Government Accountable

U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today cosponsored the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act to prevent the executive branch and federal agencies from imposing costly and burdensome regulations on Georgia families and business:

“Our economy is lagging due to many factors, but one of the most prominent is the impact of harmful federal regulations coming from Washington,” said Senator Perdue. “The Executive Branch, under President Obama, has tried to rule by regulatory mandate. As a result, expensive and burdensome regulations often get determined by Washington bureaucrats without the approval of Congress or the American people’s knowledge. Restoring transparency and accountability will provide a Congressional check to abuses of the system. That way, we can roll back insidious regulations that hurt Georgia families and businesses, and prevent future regulations from being put into place without considering their full economic impact.”

The REINS Act would require any executive branch rule or regulation that is defined as a “major rule” by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to come before Congress for an up-or-down vote.

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22
Jan

Governor Deal’s Budget Speech in Photos

Appropriations Committee

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22
Jan

In Liberty Plaza at the Georgia State Capitol

Liberty Plaza

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Liberty Plaza