GOP to push limited agenda.

So says Dave Williams in today’s Gwinnett Daily Post:

If nothing else is accomplished between now and the end of March, Republicans in control of the House and Senate are promising action on:
Eminent domain — Following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last June in a Connecticut case, state legislators around the nation are vowing to pass laws safeguarding private property rights.

Sex offenders — Several highly publicized murders of children in other states allegedly by convicted sex criminals are behind proposals to lengthen prison sentences for those who prey upon children and toughen monitoring requirements for sex offenders after they are paroled.

Illegal immigration — Although controlling the flow of illegals into the U.S. is primarily a federal issue, Georgia Republicans are pushing legislation to deny taxpayer-funded services to people who are here illegally.

Voter ID — Republican leaders say they plan to “fix


  1. kspencer says:

    1 – good.

    2 – good.

    3 – Tricky. One major problem occurs when federal money is involved – when a program run by the state gets federal assistance. The other time courts tend to overturn is when the denial gets excessive – when you see a 2 month old baby die in front of a hospital because the law won’t pay for emergency care after an accident, most people will want the law loosened. Yes, it’s emotion instead of reason, but it still applies. Still, I’d like to see some tightening. Oh, don’t forget the tax needed to pay for enforcement.

    4 – Again, I want the whole thing fixed, not just the “anti-Democrat fraud” things. I want equal protections against fraud by absentee and advance ballots. I also want more teeth in laws that keep people from denying legitimate access through intimidation – which makes it a difficult balancing act, I know. Finally, and actually one I want the most, I want a solid audit trail from the balloting. I admit to being uncomfortable with merely a receipt, but even that much beats what we presently have: a system proven vulnerable to easy hacks with no audit capability separate from the hack. It’s the electronic version of someone sitting in a room making tic marks when told the voter’s choice. There’s no way to see if what they tic’d matches what the voter said.

  2. RonaldJFehr says:

    Does anyone have a clue about all these city proposals? I guess it’s not a major issue, but aren’t there a bunch of places trying to be like Sandy Springs? I’ve heard of a few:

    Sea Island and St. Simons
    Johns Creek
    something in South Fulton maybe?

    They seem like good ideas if people want to be closer to their own government, but are they divisive? The only one that worries me is Bill Edwards down by the airport having his own city, he doesn’t seem like someone who could run anything very well.

    Thanks for the thoughts.

  3. Chris says:


    Check out SB367. It mandates electronic voting machines display a paper receipt to the voter prior to the vote being cast. The paper receipt goes into a secure ballot box to be used later for hand recounts.

    I’d prefer a provision permitting an independent third party access to the paper records to perform a random audit of the electronic count based on the paper count, but 367 is a good first step.

  4. kspencer says:

    Chris Farris,

    Yep. There are several such bills. (short, non-exclusive list includes HB580, HB740, and HB 790) That’s just like last session.

    I want to see it pass in such fashion that there’s no dancing about – that it creates a solid and inviolate audit trail.

    Related to the original, however, I want ALL the elements, not just some. Even though “some” is what the paper reported upon. (In fairness, with hundreds of pre-files there just isn’t room for any paper to report on them all.)


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