Saturday, April 6, 2013
The Georgia General Assembly was not able to pass a sweeping firearms bill that would have allowed gun owners to carry in churches, bars and on school campuses.
A proposal that would have allowed firearms to be carried in churches, college campuses and in bars died on the vine as the 2013 legislative session ended on Thursday. House Bill 512, which garnered much support across the state, sailed through the Georgia House of Representatives. However, its upper chamber counterpart, Senate Bill 101, could not muster enough support to pass before the close of the session. The issue over whether or not to allow firearms on the state's nearly 50 colleges and university campuses brought down the bill. However, supporters of the bill and the campus carry provision are confident the bill will return in 2014.
Monday, January 21, 2013
A proposed Senate resolution aims to “[express] remorse for the state’s past practice of condoning involuntary servitude.” Tell us what you think of State Sen. Barry Loudermilk’s proposed legislation.
A practice that ended in the 19th century is the focus of legislation being put forth in the 21st century. Last week, State Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, held a press conference to announce his filing of Senate Resolution 28, a resolution that aims to “[express] remorse for the state's past practice of condoning involuntary servitude,” or slavery. A copy of the resolution is attached to this article in PDF form. According to Loudermilk, passage of the resolution would mark the first official acknowledgement of the injustices of slavery and serve as “an official expression of regret and remorse for the condoning of the institution of slavery in Georgia. “The injustices brought on by the institution of slavery in our state's past …
Friday, January 18, 2013
What do you think Georgia legislators should tackle during its 40-day session?
With the Georgia General Assembly kicking off its legislative session today, which of these topics should be their priority, and why? Tell us what you think in the comments!
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
State Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, sponsored SB 458, which would ban illegal immigrants from attending Georgia's public colleges, universities and tech schools.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
A bill sponsored by state Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, and passed by the Georgia Senate on a 34-19 vote would bar illegal immigrants from the state's higher-education offerings at universities, colleges and tech schools. Senate Bill 458, which now will go to the House for consideration, would require post-secondary-school applicants to submit documents verifying their citizenship, according to a Senate press release. It would apply to the University System of Georgia's 35 colleges, including Georgia Highlands College, and the Technical College System of Georgia's 25 schools, including Chattahoochee Tech. “The Georgia Board of Regents is re-interpreting federal policy by allowing undocumented students to attend public colleges and …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Here's your roundup of top stories from Bartow, Paulding, Douglas, Cherokee and Cobb counties for Jan. 3.
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Sunday, January 1, 2012
Georgia's new laws for 2012 also include a 75-cent fee for prepaid cellular service.
The new year brings the next phase in Georgia’s anti-immigration law, a new fee for prepaid cellphone service and the prospect for golf carts rolling through city streets statewide. Most laws in Georgia go into effect when they are signed by the governor or July 1, the start of the state’s fiscal year, but Jan. 1 has some legislative significance—particularly if you’re a doctor with a 7-year-old child and you want to drive your golf cart to the hospital where you employ more than 500 people in a drought-stricken area that hopes for a tech-driven economic revival. Read Patch’s rundown of the legal meaning of today, and it will all make sense (click on each bill number to read the full legislation). H.B. 87, the Illegal Immigration Reform …
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Georgia will gain a Congressional district and it could affect Bartow. The committee responsible for redrawing the lines is taking public input.
6:58 p.m. The meeting is adjourned. 6:56 p.m. No more speakers so closing remarks began. Officials thank everyone for coming and say the comments they heard are very helpful. Following the 12 meetings across the state, a special legislative session begins Aug. 15 and the public can provide input in Atlanta. 6:54 p.m. And another speaker — Kenny Bryant of Carroll County is in the 11th District with his home and in the 3rd District with his Carrollton business and says that's not fair. The two are 6 miles apart. He said get Carroll County in one district. 6:53 p.m. One more — Rob Adkerson of Adairsville, vice chairman of the Bartow GOP, says keep common sense. He ask committee members to pray for the right decision. 6:51 p.m. The chairman of…
Sunday, January 16, 2011
State Sen. Bill Heath discusses illegal immigration and its effect on American-born and naturalized citizens.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
In his newsletter distributed via e-mail, State Sen. Bill Heath (R-Bremen), whose district covers portions of Bartow County and Cartersville, says a General Assembly committee is working on strengthening laws affecting illegal immigrants. Here is the publication in its entirety: Since I first began to explore the issue of illegal aliens in Georgia, some have suggested to me that it is not a real problem for this state or for this country. Illegal aliens, these folks say, come here to better themselves and to perform work that Americans do not want. Well, we did some research of our own and found several people who don't agree with that assessment — including "Neil the Brick Mason," who has worked on public and private construction …