Category: Legislature

Rep. Carolyn Hugley to Chair Voting Rights Caucus

On Monday, a group of Democrats formed the Voting Rights Caucus and elected the nascent group’s leadership. The press release announcing the caucus came from Fair Fight Action–the continuation of Stacey Abrams unsuccessful bid for governor. Fair Fight Action focuses on…well, voting rights. “This past election cycle showed us that the rights of our voters

Real Talk: Why the State Can’t Just Takeover the Hartsfield Jackson Airport.

In December, the Senate Study Committee released its findings regarding a potential takeover of the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. The Senators supported a state takeover, citing management structural issues with a city managed airport, a federal bribery scandal engulfing Atlanta and a Federal Aviation Authority probe into Atlanta’s misuse of airport funds. Now, those Senators are gearing

Democrats want electric scooters to be licensed under motor vehicle law

Three Georgia Democrats have filed legislation to regulate personal assistive mobility devices under the Georgia Motor Vehicle code. Democrat Senators Donzella James, Michael Rhett, and Harold Jones filed Senate Bill 24 on the devices last week. Electric personal assistive mobility devices are power-assisted devices for mobility such as wheelchairs, scooters, and more recent innovations such as

Georgia General Assembly, Live!

So, you want to keep up with the General Assembly, but you don’t want to drive to Atlanta, fight parking, and/or you have an aversion to metal detectors? The General Assembly has your back. Legislators convene this morning at 10am. They’ll do a bit of pageantry, swear in new members, officially elect leaders and rules,

Will Georgians Get to Vote on Legislative Term Limits?

State Representative Michael Caldwell (R – Woodstock) pre-filed legislation for the 2019 session that would allow citizens to vote for or against legislative term limits.  HB6 would limit members of the General Assembly to eight consecutive years of service by allowing four separate two-year terms.  Under the legislation, General Assembly members must take off one

Should Anyone Profit from Prisons?

James Salzer of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported on a debate about Georgia’s private and state prisons.  The article details an audit conducted by a study committee in the Georgia General Assembly.   House Appropriations Committee Chairman Terry England’s study committee will explore the impact of Governor Deal’s criminal justice reform policies on Georgia.  This

Governor-Elect Brian Kemp Announces Floor Leaders, Director and Deputy Director of External Affairs

In a press release this morning, Governor-elect Brian Kemp announced his floor leaders in the Georgia General Assembly. In the State House: Rep. Jodi Lott (R-Evans) Rep. Terry Rogers (R-Clarksville) Rep. Bert Reeves (R-Marietta) Rep. Dominic LaRicca (R-Douglas) In the State Senate: Sen. Blake Tillery (R-Vidalia) Sen. Brian Strickland (R-McDonough) Governor-elect Kemp also announced that