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Ten Days Left To Achieve Ethics Reform This Year

By   /  March 11, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet There are ten business days left for the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly.  If all goes as planned the legislature will wrap up its business this month, likely the Thursday evening before Easter weekend begins the next day.  While matters of budget will take up a good bit of the remaining time, [...]

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The Ethics Of A Wild Hog

By   /  January 11, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet They’re back. Members of the Georgia General Assembly are in the process of returning to Atlanta for another 40 business days of legislating and governing. And as it has been every year since 1962, the unofficial beginning to the legislative session will be the Wild Hog Supper held at the Georgia Freight Depot. The [...]

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In Favor of Amendment 2

By   /  October 19, 2012  /  Opinion  /   Comments

Tweet By Senator Buddy Carter   “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide for a reduction in the state’s operating costs by allowing the General Assembly to authorize certain state agencies to enter into multiyear rental agreements?’   Have you ever wondered why government isn’t run more like a business?   [...]

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Energy Tax Cut Hitting Local Tax Bases

By   /  October 3, 2012  /  Charlie Harper  /  Comments Off

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Tweet As the last session of Georgia’s General Assembly came to a close, state leaders trumpeted their accomplishment of targeted tax cuts aimed at attracting new industry and retaining existing jobs in the state. The centerpiece of the legislation was the elimination of sales taxes on energy used by manufacturers. The state absorbed the phase [...]

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Regents Should Step Out Of Ivory Tower

By   /  August 15, 2012  /  Charlie Harper  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Some people just don’t get it. Georgia voters and taxpayers are angry. Elected officials who demonstrated during the last session of the General Assembly that they had lost the fear of those voters seem to have found some religion after the July 21 primary.

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Gifts from lobbyists may end

By   /  August 12, 2012  /  Government  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Staff Reports House Speaker David Ralston wasn’t a fan of eliminating gifts from lobbyists.  Instead, he liked the current system that involved disclosure, claiming that proponents of the cap was motivated by liberals and the media.  However, after last months question on the ballot – and there was a variant on both parties’ ballot [...]

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House Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Committee Chairman Roger Lane Releases Proposed Map

By   /  August 14, 2011  /  Press Releases  /   Comments

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Tweet ATLANTA – Rep. Roger Lane (R-Darien), Chairman of the House Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Committee, today released a proposed redistricting plan for the Georgia House of Representatives. The proposed plan is available on the Joint Reapportionment Office Website, http://www.legis.ga.gov, Joint Offices, Reapportionment, by clicking this link, or by following this web address: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Joint/reapportionment/en-US/default.aspx

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40 Days at the Capitol- Installment 9

By   /  March 21, 2011  /  Politics  /   Comments

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Tweet To our readers:   State Senator Buddy Carter (R- Pooler) will be reporting each week during the Legislative Session.  The session began January 10, 2011 and is expected to last until the latter days of March.

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Many County Priorities Meet Crossover Day Deadline

By   /  March 20, 2011  /  Press Releases  /   Comments

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Tweet Wednesday, March 16 marked a critical point in the 2011 legislative session as bills that originated in either the House or the Senate had to pass that chamber before the end of the day in order to receive future consideration this year.

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