Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879.
S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, was born on March 14, 1921.
Elvis Presley played the Fox Theater in Atlanta on March 21, 1956.
The largest traffic accident in Georgia history occurred on March 14, 2001 on I-75 in Catoosa County, involving 125 cars, injuring 39 people and killing 5.
Happy Birthday to Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives David Ralston.
Under the Gold Dome Today
SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
8:15 AM APPROPRIATIONS Conference Committee – Joint 403 CAP
12:30 PM RULES UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP
1:00 PM SPECIAL JUDICIARY 122 CAP
1:00 PM REGULATED INDUSTRIES & UTILITIES 310 CLOB
1:00 PM AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER AFFAIRS 125 CAP
2:00 PM PUBLIC SAFETY 310 CLOB
2:00 PM INSURANCE & LABOR 450 CAP
2:00 PM EDUCATION & YOUTH 307 CLOB
3:00 PM SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 310 CLOB
3:00 PM VETERANS, MILITARY & HOMELAND SECURITY 125 CAP
3:00 PM HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES 450 CAP
4:00 PM JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL 3017 CLOB
4:00 PM FINANCE MEZZ
4:00 PM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TOURISM 310 CLOB
5:00 PM JUDICIARY 307 CLOB
HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
9:00 AM RULES 341 CAP
1:00 PM HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES 606 CLOB
1:00 PM Fleming Sub Judiciary Civil 132 CAP
1:30 PM JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL 506 CLOB
1:30 PM STATE PROPERTIES 403 CAP
2:00 PM Academic Achievement & Curriculum Sub 406 CLOB
2:00 PM JUDICIARY CIVIL 132 CAP
3:00 PM WAYS & MEANS 606 CLOB
3:30 PM TRANSPORTATION 506 CLOBx
SENATE RULES CALENDAR
HB 421 – Retirement and pensions; officers employed by Department of Community Supervision shall be entitled to certain disability benefits; provide (PUB SAF – Kennedy) (Nimmer)
HB 508 – Appellate court judges; age of eligibility for certain benefits; decrease (RET – Black) (Fleming)
HB 509 – Georgia Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Council; create; provisions (HHS – Harbin) (Petrea)
HB 555 – Courts; provide reporting of certain statistics regarding juveniles seeking abortions without parental notice; provisions (HHS – B. Thompson) (Chandler)
HB 635 – Judges of Probate Courts Retirement Fund; increase number of years of mandatory contribution; provisions (RET – Black) (Epps)
HB 676 – Accountability, Change Management, and Process Improvement Act of 2015; enact (S&T – Martin) (Brockway)
HB 725 – “Child Abuse Records Protection Act”; enact (HHS – Bethel) (Cantrell)
HB 747 – Motor vehicles; safe operation of motor carriers and commercial motor vehicles; update reference date to federal regulations (PUB SAF – Harper) (Rogers)
HB 768 – Handicapped persons; ABLE program establishment to use tax exempt accounts to pay for qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; provisions (FIN – Millar) (Hawkins)
HB 871 – “Georgia Lemon Law”; consumer fees forwarded to the Department of Law for deposit in the new motor vehicle arbitration account; require (SJUDY – Dugan) (Dickey)
HB 887 – Courts; parental rights; prioritize placement of a child with an adult or fictive kin qualified to care for such child (HHS – Unterman) (Efstration)
HB 965 – “The Honorable Jimmy Carter Cancer Treatment Access Act”; enact (I&L – Bethel) (Cheokas)
HOUSE RULES CALENDAR
Modified Open Rule
SB 274 – Budget in Certain Counties; repeal Act approved March 2, 1953 (SP&CA-Willard-51st) Albers-56th
SB 302 – Insurance; require health carriers to maintain accurate provider directories (Substitute)(Ins-Taylor-173rd) Martin-9th
SR 876 – Joint High-Speed Broadband Communications; create (SRules-Tanner-9th) Gooch-51st
SR 955 – Property Conveyance; authorizing 8 counties (Substitute) (SProp-Dunahoo-30th) Jeffares-17th
Modified Structured Rule
SB 262 – Courts; when a judge, judicial officer, grand juror; may be disqualified by being related by consanguinity/affinity to a party; provisions (Substitute)(Judy-Welch-110th) Stone-23rd
SB 278 – Criminal Offenses; increase the penalty provisions; pimping and pandering (JudyNC-Efstration-104th) Unterman-45th
SB 316 – Bingo; remove the daily permissible prize limitation while preserving the weekly permissible prize limitation (Substitute)(RegI-Powell-32nd) Gooch-51st
SB 350 – Taxation on Consumer Fireworks; dedicate moneys collected; trauma care, fire services, and local public safety purposes (Substitute) (W&M-Battles-15th) Mullis-53rd
Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections
Three surprises emerged last week in the statewide elections for 2016. First is the number of challengers to Senator Johnny Isakson – two challengers on the GOP side, and three Democratic candidates/
Johnny Isakson (i)
Derrick “TMOT” Grayson
Mary Kay Baccallao
Jim Barksdale ($)
The second surprise was the number of incumbent Members of Congress who are facing challengers. It’s easier to say that only Buddy Carter (1st CD), Jody Hice (10th CD), and David Scott (14th CD) are not facing challengers.
Second Congressional District
Sanford Bishop (D)(i)
Greg Duke (R)
Bobby Scott (R)
Diane Vann (R)
Third Congressional District Open Seat
Samuel Anders (R)
Mike Crane (R)
Drew Ferguson (R)
Chip Flanegan (R)
Richard Mix (R)
Jim Pace (R)
Arnall “Rod” Thomas (R)
Tamarkus Cook (D)
Fourth Congressional District
Hank Johnson (D)(i)
Victor Armendariz (R)
Fifth Congressional District
John Lewis (D)(i)
Douglas Bell (R)
Sixth Congressional District
Tom Price (R)(i)
Kurt Wilson (R)
Rodney Stooksbury (D)
Seventh Congressional District
Rob Woodall (R)(i)
Rashid Malik (R)
Eighth Congressional District
Austin Scott (R)(i)
Angela Hicks (R)
James Neal Harris (D)
Ninth Congressional District
Doug Collins (R)(i)
Paul Broun (R)
Roger Fitzpatrick (R)
Bernie Fontaine (R)
Mike Scupin (R)
Eleventh Congressional District
Barry Loudermilk (R)(i)
Hayden Collins (R)
Daniel Cowan (R)
Billy Davis (R)
William Llop (R)
Don Wilson (D)
Twelfth Congressional District
Rick Allen (R)(i)
Tricia Carpenter McCracken (D)
Joyce Nolin (D)
Eugene Yu (R)
Fourteenth Congressional District
Tom Graves (R)(i)
Allan Levene (R)
Mickey Tuck (R)
The third surprise was that the Democratic Party failed to field a candidate for the only other statewide election, the Public Service Commission seat held by Republican Tim Echols.
Tim Echols (i)
Kellie Pollard Austin
While we’re discussing Tim Echols, he recently led an “Unholy Tour” of Atlanta to highlight the prevalence of sex trafficking in Georgia.
Community activists and local lawmakers got an eye opening tour of metro Atlanta’s sex trafficking hot spots Wednesday night.
Organizers hoped to motivate those on board to take steps they say will save lives.
Former strip club dancer turned minister Kasey McClure was behind the bus tour.
“So many people have turned a blind eye and just say it’s not happening in our community, but it really is happening,” McClure said.
So much so, Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols asked McClure and her team at 4sarah to take the group of lawmakers and community leaders on a so-called “unholy tour” of prostitution and sex-trade hot spots in DeKalb and Fulton counties.
“In my heart I felt like, you know, this is something I could do, and I need to let people see that this is a blight on our state and our city,” Echols told [Channel 2 reporter Aaron] Diamant.<
On Wednesday night’s tour, freshman state Rep. Doreen Carter of Lithonia was on board.
“It’s heartbreaking. I’m a mom, and this is my community. This is where I grew up, and to see,” Carter told Diamant, saying she had no idea things had gotten so bad.
The troubling scenes are now motivating Carter to search for solutions.
“This definitely has touched me,” Carter told Diamant.
Echols has planned another “Unholy Tour for March 15th. I’m checking on whether any seats are available, and if you’d like to take the tour, please check back tomorrow.
The fourth surprise was that Republican State Rep. Joe Wilkinson (Sandy Springs) faces two challengers from within his own party. Deborah Silcox and Sandy Springs City Council Member Graham McDonald both qualified to take on Wilkinson. The irony is that Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul personally accompanied one of Wilkinson’s opponents, while Wilkinson is arguably the living individual most responsible for the existence of the City of Sandy Springs.