Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 15, 2016

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 15, 2016

On March 15, 44 BC, Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of Senators.

On March 15, 1758, Georgia’s Royal Governor Henry Ellis signed legislation dividing the colony into eight parishes, primarily for religious administration, but with some parishes having secondary government functions.

On March 15, 1933, Governor Eugene Talmadge negotiated bank loans totalling $2 million dollars to keep the state’s public schools open.

On March 15, 1943, Sea Island was officially named as Governor Ellis Arnall signed legislation designating the island that had informally been given several different names.

On March 15, 1980, USS Carl Vinson, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia. Vinson was the first Navy ship named after a living American.

Howard “Bo’ Callaway, the father of the modern Georgia Republican Party, died on March 15, 2014.

Under the Gold Dome Today

SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

12:30 PM RULES UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP

1:00 PM GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT 125 CAP

1:00 PM ETHICS 307 CLOB

2:00 PM RETIREMENT – CANCELED 310 CLOB

2:00 PM STATE & LOCAL GOV’TAL OPS 125 CAP

2:00 PM JUDICIARY 307 CLOB

3:00 PM FINANCE MEZZ

3:00 PM NAT’L RES & THE ENV’T 450 CAP

4:00 PM SPECIAL JUDICIARY 125 CAP

4:00 PM TRANSPORTATION 450 CAP

4:00 PM JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL 307 CLOB

HOUSE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

9:00 AM RULES 341 CAP

1:00 PM HIGHER EDUCATION 403 CAP

2:00 PM GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS 515 CLOB

2:00 PM REGULATED INDUSTRIES 506 CLOB

3:00 PM PUB SAFETY & HOMELAND SEC’Y 406 CLOB

4:00 PM WAYS & MEANS 606 CLOB

SENATE RULES CALENDAR

HB 54 – Tuition grants; children of officers killed in line of duty who attend University System institutions and meet certain requirements; provide (H ED – Orrock) (Waites)

HB 219 – Health; swimming pools; exempt certain privately owned pools from inspection and licensing requirements (AG&CA – Ligon) (Jones)

HB 588 – Controlled substances; possession of substances containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine and restrictions of sale of products containing pseudoephedrine; change provisions (HHS – Unterman) (Clark)

HB 649 – Georgia Lactation Consultant Practice Act; enact (HHS – Burke) (Cooper)

HB 727 – Fireworks; certain further regulations by counties and municipal corporations; provide (PUB SAF – Mullis) (Battles)

HB 739 – Elementary and secondary education; process for state approved instructional materials and content is optional; provide (ED&Y – Gooch) (Tanner)

HB 775 – Health; restrictions on sale and dispensing of spectacles; provide (HHS – Unterman) (Ehrhart)

HB 777 – School buses; drivers use cell phones in a similar manner as a two-way radio (PUB SAF – Harper) (Dudgeon)

HB 811 – Banking and finance; update, modernize and streamline numerous Code sections; revise provisions (B&FI – Kennedy) (Williamson)

HB 815 – Meat inspection; inspection and regulation of certain avian meat products and facilities; provide (AG&CA – B. Jones) (Rhodes)

HB 884 – Insurance; company action level event to include a health organization with certain total adjusted capital levels; revise definition (I&L – Martin) (Taylor)

HB 951 – Sales and use tax; admissions to major sporting events, create exemption (ED&T – Miller) (Nimmer)

HB 979 – Crimes and offenses; assault and battery; increase the punishment committed upon hospital emergency department and medical services personnel (JUDY NC – Unterman) (Caldwell)

HB 1036 – Eminent domain; construction of petroleum pipelines and the environmental permitting requirements; change certain provisions (RI&U – Stone) (Hitchens)

HOUSE RULES CALENDAR

Modified Open Rule

SB 206 – Counties and Municipal Corporations; revise provisions relating to water liens; procedures (Substitute)(Judy-Atwood-179th) Ligon, Jr.-3rd

SB 335 – Retirement; permissible investments in commingled funds and collective investment funds; revise provisions (Ret-Maxwell-17th) Black-8th

SB 336 – Retirement; permit governing bodies of municipal corporations to enact plans by resolution in addition to ordinance (Ret-Maxwell-17th) Black-8th

SR 730 – Coastal Regional Commission; encourage to support implementation of the Coastal Georgia Greenway (NR&E-Jones-167th) Ligon, Jr.-3rd

Modified Structured Rule

SB 193 – Crimes and Offenses; family violence battery; change penalty provisions (Substitute)(JudyNC-Ballinger-23rd) Bethel-54th

SB 263– Law Enforcement Officers; provide governing authority; employs sworn police officers who are P.O.S.T certified; policies; disability in line of duty (PS&HS-Caldwell-20th) Thompson-14th

SB 269 – Counties; require local governing bodies; provide certain entities with certification of compliance with Code section; condition of funding (Judy-Petrea-166th) Stone-23rd

SB 331 – Courts; causing a child to be conceived; violating certain prohibitions relating certain offenses; additional ground for terminating parental rights (Substitute)(Judy-Strickland-111th) Thompson-14th

SB 364 – “Quality Basic Education Act”; annual teacher, principal, and assistant principal evaluations; revise provisions (Substitute)(Ed-Nix-69th) Tippins-37th

SB 402 – Drug Abuse Treatment and Education Programs; provide for a moratorium on the issuance of new licenses to narcotic treatment programs (Substitute)(RegI-Weldon-3rd) Mullis-53rd

SR 558 – General Assembly; proceeds of excise taxes on sale of fireworks; funding of trauma care -CA (W&M-Battles-15th) Mullis-53rd

SR 954 – Public Property; granting of nonexclusive easements for the construction, operation, and maintenance of facilities, utilities, roads; 16 counties (Substitute)(SProp-Dunahoo-30th) Jeffares-17th

Legislation and Local Issues

The House bill that would open medical marijuana to more users in Georgia has stalled out in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee due to a split in the supporters of liberalized rules. From the Macon Telegraph,

“I’ve committed to the families that I’ll work with them next year,” said state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, chairwoman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. As it stands now, the bill would need approval from her committee for a Senate vote, but she said Monday she will not schedule one.

She said the families she heard from are split on the bill.

“Some of the families wanted to wait until next year until you could get a broader scope. … I know there was a lot of conflict,” Unterman said.

Campus Carry passed the State Senate last week, but is running into signs that it might need to be tweaked to earn the Governor’s signature. From GPB,

The “Campus Carry” bill is headed to the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal. After heated debate, HB 859 passed in the state Senate Friday with a vote of 37-17.

The bill would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses. However, it would not allow the weapons in athletics facilities or student housing, which includes fraternity and sorority houses.

Gov. Deal signaled his support for the measure earlier this year. The legislation, first introduced by Rep. Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper), passed in the state House in February.

If signed by Gov. Deal, as expected, Georgia would become the ninth state to allow for the carrying of concealed weapons on public college campuses.

Greg Bluestein of the AJC writes that Gov. Deal indicated some problems with the Campus Carry bill.

Gov. Nathan Deal wants substantive changes to a measure that would allow college students to carry concealed guns onto campuses, suggesting Monday that he might veto the controversial proposal if lawmakers don’t take a second crack at it.

The governor’s office said in a statement Monday that he wants lawmakers to consider exempting on-campus child care centers from legislation that would legalize firearms at all public colleges in Georgia and address his concerns about high school students who are joint-enrolled in college courses on campuses that allow firearms.

He also said that universities and technical colleges should have discretion to set their own rules regarding whether to allow firearms at disciplinary hearings and faculty and administrative offices.

“Addressing these issues is an important step in ensuring the safety and freedoms of students, faculty and staff in our institutions of higher learning throughout our state,” said the statement from Deal’s office, which didn’t use the word “veto” but implied it nonetheless.

Keep an eye out for movement on increased funding or a new funding source for MARTA.

Gwinnett County DOT is holding a series of six meetings for public input into its updated Comprehensive Transportation Plan. The first meeting is 6-8 PM Tuesday at Bogan Park Community Recreation Center, 2723 Bogan Road, in Buford and the second meeting will be 10 AM to noon on Saturday at Shorty Howell Activity Building, 2750 Pleasant Hill Road, in Duluth.

The Harlem Globetrotters opened a new headquarters in Peachtree Corners.

The Harlem Globetrotters officials made Gwinnett County their new home on Monday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new headquarters in Peachtree Corners.

And, true to form, the team made Monday’s red, white and blue gathering an entertaining event with a mixture of humor and dazzling ball-handling skills.

In one lighthearted moment, Berkmar grad Alex “Moose” Weekes, feigned concern when team president Howard Smith turned toward him with an oversized pair of scissors in hand. The joke was a reference to fact that Weekes’ trademark look is his big hair, which is the inspiration behind his nickname.

“Hold up now, no, no, no, no, no,” Weekes told Smith.

Congressman Barry Loudermilk had good things to say about House Speaker Paul Ryan when he spoke to the MDJ.

Loudermilk said new House Speaker Paul Ryan was frustrated by the same issues and has handled the position much differently. And Congress, he said, has a new atmosphere with Ryan in the speaker post.

“We’ve got an issue with the budget coming up, and it’s a tough issue,” Loudermilk said. “As one who believes that our debt is one of the biggest issues we’re facing, it’s going to be tough to get to a yes on this budget. They understand that. So I sat in Paul Ryan’s office for two hours the other day, myself and several conservatives. Not arm-twisting, discussing. … That never used to happen.”

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