Category: Legislature

Oliver files legislation to ban possession of bump stocks in Georgia

A Georgia Democrat has filed legislation that would ban bump stocks in Georgia. State Representative Mary Margaret Oliver of Decatur filed the bill Wednesday and told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that “there is no justification for this kind of device being easily sold and implemented to make a weapon more dangerous.” HB 651 would make it illegal to

Rep Amy Carter Resigns House Seat; To Join TCSG

Representative Amy Carter (R-Valdosta) is leaving the Georgia House to become the Executive Director of Advancement for the Technical College System of Georgia. In the Georgia House, Carter has served as a subcommittee Chair for the Appropriations Committee. She’s also been a classroom teacher for two decades. What is a huge loss for the House

What Last Night Means for Georgia

Ralph Northam(D) won Virginia last night in overwhelming fashion over Ed Gillespie(R). Polls had the race close. Progressive groups like Democracy for America had pulled their support, saying he was too moderate. National pundits were talking about how he couldn’t motivate the voters Democrats need to win. And yet he won by 10%. It’s a

Gearing Up For 2018 Legislature

This week’s Courier Herald column: We’re upon the season where people dress up in costumes in order to pretend to be characters they are not, often to frighten their neighbors and/or small children. Halloween is a perfect reminder that we need to look ahead to the next session of the Georgia General Assembly, which will

KSU Protest Led by State Representative.

State Representative Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs) is assigned to the committee that determines which public universities in Georgia get tax dollars.  Recently, an open records request uncovered Ehrhart used his position to pressure the President of Kennesaw State University to act in favor of his personal bias.  Ehrhart was apparently offended by the KSU cheerleaders’

Spencer & Jones present bipartisan compromise for Confederate memorials

Last month, Republican State Rep. Jason Spencer and former legislation Democrat LaDawn Jones went head to head over Confederate monuments across Georgia. The controversy went viral across the nation and supporters from both sides once again became wildly vocal. Wednesday morning, the pair sat down to discuss their sides, their reasoning and a proposed compromise

Is Amazon HQ2 Search Cobb/Gwinnett’s Transit Wake Up Call?

As Charlie alluded to in his latest column, Amazon’s search for a “full equal” HQ highlights the most vexing question for Cobb/Gwinnett Counties and Georgia generally. Will you join the mass transit program or get left behind? It can’t get any more explicit than Amazon requiring “direct” mass transit access “at site” for their new