Charles Wesley, hymnist, and brother of Methodist founder John Wesley, died on March 29, 1788 in London, England. Charles Wesley served as Secretary to James Oglethorpe and as a Chaplain at Fort Frederica on St Simons Island. This past Sunday, his hymns were played in churches across the globe, including Christ the Lord Is Risen Today and Rejoice, the Lord Is King.
On March 29, 1865, Federal troops under General Ulysses S. Grant began the Appomattox campaign.
On March 29, 1937, Georgia Governor E.D. Rivers signed legislation imposing the first state tax on distilled spirits in Georgia.
If made in another state and imported into Georgia, distilled spirits were taxed at 80 cents per gallon and alcohol at $1.60 per gallon – or at fractional amounts for smaller containers. If made in Georgia, distilled spirits were taxed at 40 cents per gallon and alcohol at 80 cents per gallon.
Note: GeorgiaInfo says Governor Talmadge signed the legislation, but Talmadge left office in January 1937. It was Gov. Rivers who signed the bill.
On March 29, 1973, the last American troops left Vietnam, ending United States engagement in the war.
Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections
Governor Brian Kemp toured parts of Newnan and Coweta County that were struck by hurricanes, according to the Newnan Times-Herald.
Gov. Brian Kemp was given a tour of Newnan High School where he witnessed the results of the devastating tornado, which was only the 10th F4 tornado to hit Georgia since 1950 and the first in 10 years.
The path of the storm was reportedly 6 miles long and one-half mile wide.
“As someone who’s responded to several storms in this state, this is different from anything I’ve ever seen,” he said. “This is total destruction. … and our thoughts and prayers are with this community.”
“We’ve been resilient this last year through COVID and were looking forward to getting back to normal, in-person learning,” Kemp said. “This has been upended once again, but I have great hope and optimism for the people here today.”
Gen. John F. King, Georgia Insurance Commissioner, echoed Kemp’s sentiments, citing that “after every disaster, fraud follows.”
“We have to be mindful of those coming in to do work and make sure no one gets revictimized,” King said. “Make sure those doing work around your house are qualified. If you face any challenges, please call our office.”
“We are going to do everything in our power with the state resources that we have to help this community rebuild,” Kemp said. “But I have great hope and optimism that they (residents) will pull their bootstraps up and we will be there to help them rebuild and continue on.”
Kemp was joined by Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency Director Chris Stallings, Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner General John King, Congressman Drew Ferguson, and local officials.
A temporary shelter has been opened at Evans Middle School for anyone who was displaced due to the storm damage.
On Tuesday, Governor Kemp will help make an announcement at Wild Adventures in Valdosta, according to the Valdosta Daily Times.
Gov. Brian Kemp is scheduled to visit the park for its anniversary and to introduce a new, undisclosed attraction. Kent Buescher, who founded Wild Adventures, is also expected to attend.
While the park has remained tight-lipped about many of the things coming to the park, a few announcements have been made.
Governor Kemp will also host a meet and greet in Valdosta tomorrow at 1:oo PM.
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Under the Gold Dome Today
SENATE RULES CALENDAR
HB 509 – Insurance; require certain insurers to make at least one reasonably priced comprehensive major medical health insurance policy available (I&L-17th) Gaines-117th
HB 714 – Georgia Civil Practice Act; revise and provide for new requirements (Substitute)(I&L-18th) Kelley-16th
HB 307 – Georgia Telehealth Act; revise (Substitute)(H&HS-32nd) Cooper-43rd
HB 635 – Courts; each judge of the superior court, state court, and probate court and each magistrate shall have authority to perform any lawful judicial act; provide (Substitute)(JUDY-17th) Leverett-33rd
HB 539 – Medical Practice Act of the State of Georgia; institutional licenses; revise provisions (Substitute)(H&HS-11th) Cooper-43rd
HB 371 – Evidence; certain proceedings may be conducted by video conference; provide (Substitute)(JUDY-53rd) Gunter-8th
HB 67 – State government; public property; extend automatic repeals of certain provisions (Substitute) (Rules-46th) (Substitute)(H ED) Martin-49th
HB 355 – Georgia Carbon Sequestration Registry; inclusion of building products in construction; provisions (NR&E-7th) Wiedower-119th
HB 411 – Prosecuting Attorneys Oversight Commission; create (Substitute)(JUDY-29th) Gullett-19th
HB 605 – Health; provide for authorized electronic monitoring in long-term care facilities (Substitute)(H&HS-18th) Cooper-43rd
HB 290 – Hospitals and nursing homes; policy during a declared public health emergency that limits patients’ abilities to be visited by designated family members and friends; provisions (Substitute)(H&HS-19th) Setzler-35th
HB 282 – Ad valorem tax; qualified timberland property; add a definition (Substitute)(FIN-52nd) Meeks-178th
HB 458 – Georgia Composite Medical Board; require certain training relating to sexual misconduct for members (Substitute)(H&HS-32nd) Cooper-43rd
HB 134 – State government; meetings relating to cybersecurity contracting and planning from open meeting requirements; exclude (S&T-50th) Anderson-10th
HB 619 – Heritage trust program; sale of Patrick’s Fishing Paradise to a private entity; authorize (Substitute)(GvtO-7th) Houston-170th
HB 575 – Ad valorem tax; authorize on premises processing and marketing of agricultural products as a qualifying conservation use (Substitute)(FIN-18th) Dickey-140th
SR 281 – Senate Study Committee on Violence Against Health Care Workers; create (RULES-49th)
HB 218 – Crimes and offenses; weapons carry license reciprocity in this state; expand (Substitute) (Rules-50th) (Substitute)(PUB SAF) Ballinger-23rd
HB 94 – Crimes and offenses; provide for the crime of theft by possession of stolen mail (Substitute)(JUDY-18th) Rich-97th
HB 174 – Motor vehicles; federal regulations regarding safe operation of motor carriers and commercial motor vehicles; update reference date (TRANS-25th) Wiedower-119th
HB 495 – Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board; revise duties (PUB SAF-29th) Crowe-110th
HB 534 – Crimes and offenses; promoting illegal drag racing and laying drags; provide for offense (JUDY-10th) Bonner-72nd
HB 562 – Criminal procedure; add DFCS case managers to people for whom arrest warrants may be issued only by certain judicial officers (Substitute)(JUDY-17th) Carpenter-4th
HB 676 – Georgia Farmers’ Market and Produce Terminal Development Authority Act; enact (Substitute)(AG&CA-20th) Houston-170th
HR 143 – Property; granting of non-exclusive easements;authorize (Substitute)(SI&P-28th) Greene-151st
HR 142 – Property; conveyance of certain state owned property; authorize (Substitute)(SI&P-28th) Greene-151st
HR 130 – Board of Community Affairs; approving transfer of Forsyth County from Georgia Mountains Regional Commission to Atlanta Regional Commission; ratify action (Substitute)(GvtO-27th) McDonald-26th
HB 653 – Georgia Pharmacy Practice Act; pharmacy care; revise definition (H&HS-52nd) Jasperse-11th
HB 409 – Judicial Legal Defense Fund Commission; establish (Substitute)(GvtO-50th) Gunter-8th
HB 43 – Motor vehicles; require registration application forms to include optional information regarding certain conditions which may interfere with a registrant’s ability to communicate (Substitute)(PUB SAF-14th) Cantrell-22nd
HB 128 – Health; prohibit providers from discriminating against potential organ transplant recipients due solely to the physical or mental disability of the potential recipient (H&HS-45th) Williams-145th
HB 152 – Postsecondary education; exemption applicable to certain institutions operating on military installations or bases; revise provisions (H ED-54th) Wiedower-119th
HB 165 – Motor vehicles; use of mounts on windshields for the support of wireless telecommunications devices and stand-alone electronic devices under certain circumstances; allow (TRANS-29th) Barr-103rd
HB 466 – Motor vehicles; number of required hours in the intervention component of DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Programs; reduce (Substitute)(PUB SAF-29th) Powell-32nd
HB 470 – Property; no plans are required when units are not designated by physical structures; provide (JUDY-28th) Washburn-141st
HB 617 – Postsecondary education; student athletes may receive compensation for use of name, image, or likeness; provide (H ED-46th) Martin-49th
HB 273 – Distilled spirits; initiate a referendum election for the authorization of the issuance of licenses; provide additional method(Substitute) (Rules-28th)(Substitute)(RI&U) Ballinger-23rd
HB 179 – Special license plates; support breast cancer related programs; amend logo design (PUB SAF-3rd) Camp-131st
HB 194 – Criminal procedure; term of probation shall follow mandatory term of imprisonment for persons convicted of a sexual offense; clarify(Substitute)(JUDY-50th) Sainz-180th
HB 231 – Crimes and offenses; victims of stalking; expand applicability of protective orders (Substitute)(JUDY-17th) Gaines-117th
HB 241 – Insurance; revise meaning of property insurance; change parameters under which certain contracts or agreements may be (I&L-29th) Gambill-15th
HB 246 – Motor vehicles; issuance of replacement licenses and permits; increase fee (PUB SAF-56th) Watson-172nd
HB 254 – Insurance; Commissioner’s enforcement authority with regard to adjusters; increase (Substitute)(I&L-29th) Lumsden-12th
HB 255 – Sexual Assault Reform Act of 2021; enact (PUB SAF-56th) Holcomb-81st
HB 287 – Education; tobacco and vapor products in course of instruction regarding alcohol and drugs; include (Substitute)(ED&Y-32nd) Rich-97th
HB 328 – Public utilities; one-time right of way permit fee and reduce annual right of way use fees; establish (RI&U-51st) Momtahan-17th
HB 317 – Excise tax; revise definition of innkeeper to include marketplace facilitators; provisions(Substitute) (Rules-49th)(Substitute)(FIN) Stephens-164th
HB 334 – Superior courts; clerks; notaries public; provisions (Substitute)(JUDY-19th) Gullett-19th
HB 338 – Motor vehicles; issuance of veterans’ driver’s licenses; revise qualifications (VM&HS-3rd) DeLoach-167th
HB 369 – Physicians; job description submission to Georgia Composite Medical Board; provisions (Substitute)(H&HS-20th) Powell-32nd
HB 306 – Corporations, partnership, and associations; corporations may hold shareholders’ meetings by means of remote communication; provide(Substitute)(JUDY-50th) Gunter-8th
HB 32 – Income tax; credit for teacher recruitment and retention program; provide (Substitute)(FIN-25th) Belton-112th
HB 443 – Torts; transfer of structured settlement payment rights; provide new requirements (Substitute)(JUDY-4th) Leverett-33rd
HB 454 – Insurance; certain coverage requirements concerning providers that become out-of-network during a plan year; provide(Substitute) (Rules-49th)(Substitute)(I&L) Newton-123rd
HB 449 – Georgia Utility Facility Protection Act; revise (Substitute)(RI&U-37th) Smith-133rd
HB 479 – Criminal procedure; revise certain arrest powers; provisions (JUDY-46th) Reeves-34th
HB 548 – Social services; reasonable access to records concerning reports of child abuse to the Administrative Office of the Courts; provide (JUDY-50th) Dempsey-13th
HB 591 – Mental health; marriage and family therapists to perform certain acts which physicians and others are authorized to perform; authorize (Substitute)(JUDY-32nd) Hogan-179th
HB 532 – Labor, Department of; employment security; changecertain provisions (I&L-16th) Werkheiser-157th
HB 117 – Low THC Oil Patient Registry; ulcerative colitis as a condition for which low THC oil may be used for treatment; add (Substitute)(H&HS-29th) Wilensky-79th
HB 517 – Education; calculation of minimum revenue obligations for scholarships and tuition grants; provide for the inclusion of earned interest (Substitute)(FIN-54th) Carson-46th
HB 480 – Property; creation, declaration and priority of liens for labor, services, or materials performed or furnished by registered interior designers; provide (RI&U-24th) Washburn-141st
HB 477 – Income tax; applications for credit for qualified donations of real property; extend sunset date(Substitute) (Rules-52nd)(Substitute)(FIN) Watson-172nd
HB 587 – Georgia Economic Renewal Act of 2021; enact (Substitute)(FIN-18th) Williamson-115th
HOUSE RULES CALENDAR
Modified Open Rule
SB 100 – State Government; this state shall observe standard time year round; provide (Substitute)(SP&CA-Cantrell-22nd) Watson-1st
Modified Structured Rule
SB 59 – Education; additional QBE funding for each full-time equivalent student within a local charter school; provide (Substitute)(Ed-Jones-25th) Albers-56th
SB 78 – Invasion of Privacy; prohibition on electronically transmitting or posting nude or sexually explicit photographs or videos for purposes of harassing the depicted person; revise (Substitute)(JudyNC-Smith-18th) Jones II-22nd
SB 105 – State-Wide Probation System; conditions and procedures under which probation may be terminated early; revise (JudyNC-Smith-18th) Strickland-17th
SB 117 – Department of Human Services; offenses of improper sexual contact by employee or agent in the first and second degrees; revise (Substitute)(JudyNC-Gaines-117th) Miller-49th
SB 156 – Labor and Industrial Relations; appointment, oath, bond, power, duties, and authority of a chief labor officer; provide (Substitute)(I&L-Kirby-114th) Harbin-16th
SB 198 – Department of Public Safety; subsistence and per diem allowances; receipt of badge and duty weapon upon retirement; provide (PS&HS-Lumsden-12th) Harper-7th
SB 220 – “The Georgia Civics Renewal Act”; enact (Substitute)(Ed-Gambill-15th) Payne-54th (Rules Committee Substitute LC 49 0551S)
SB 225 – License Plates; individuals who served in the armed forces for an ally of the United States during active military combat; provide a veteran’s license plate (Substitute)(MotV-Hitchens-161st) Harbison-15th
SB 236 – Alcoholic Beverages; food service establishments to sell mixed drinks for off-premises consumption in approved containers under certain conditions; allow (RegI-Carpenter-4th) Brass-28th
SB 260 – Soil Amendments; exclude from regulation (Substitute)(A&CA-Corbett-174th) Harper-7th
The Rome News Tribune notes that the House Rules Committee is likely to add to the calendar for today’s session.Continue Reading..