All I Want From The Georgia General Assembly Is…

It’s Christmastime, and the Georgia General Assembly will be going into their 2nd session in a couple of weeks.  What sort of business would you like to see the General Assembly take up once the session is gavelled in?  Discuss it in the comments.

I know my wish is that the state senate will get things in order in their chamber.


  1. ricstewart says:

    Please tackle unemployment, education, criminal justice reform, transportation, tax reform, and wasteful spending first.

    Once unemployment is around 6% and we have the lowest dropout rates in the country, then you can pander all you want: drug test whoever you like, pass more ridiculous immigration bills, demand the president’s birth certificate… but address serious problems first.

  2. bgsmallz says:

    1) City of Brookhaven bill passed.
    2) Charter school constitutional amendment that includes eliminating the ban on independent school districts.
    3) Consolidation of Atlanta transportation authorities with a board selected by local representation and not by the state. (unless the state wants to fund regional transit…actually….)
    4) A state funding bill for a regional transit authority in Atlanta
    5) A cap on county millage rates (ahem…DeKalb)


  3. ted in bed says:

    I want Georgia’s gun laws adjusted to protect Georgians by:

    1) eliminating defenseless victim zones …. allow Licensees to carry in K-12 schools, Colleges, bars, and in government buildings except for jails and court-rooms.

    2) lower the cost of and hassle of Licensing by eliminating the fingerprinting requirements for renewals and offer a life-time license option.

    I want Georgia’s wallets protected from Big Government Tax and Spenders by requiring all SPLOST elections be during primaries and general elections and if a SPLOST is rejected by voters then the government authority must wait at least 5 years before trying again.

    • HCL3 says:

      1) Campus Carry
      2) Constitutional Carry
      3) A law requring local chief law enforcement officers to sign ATF form 4s and form 1s when requested by a citizen.

  4. Engineer says:

    Doubt it’ll happen, but things I think would be nice to see happen

    1. Creation of Milton County
    2. Pass a balanced budget

    • Calypso says:

      I believe a balanced budget is required by law and they do that every year. Someone, please correct me if I’m wrong.

      • Engineer says:

        Technically it is, but traditionally they just yank money from law enforcement and K-12 to make up the difference.

    • seekingtounderstand says:

      You must be the chamber of commerce, cheap labor on welfare plus the tax code that funnels more money your way. You [email protected]#$ are destroying America.
      But the republicans will give you what you want.

    • Three Jack says:

      almost forgot #3, probably the most important yet least likely to be accomplished under strict 2 party rule — end lobbying as we know it. no gifts, no elaborate dinners, no condo with a bar across from the capitol building, no hookers (i know, probably a step too far with this one)…if your constituents do not have access to it, then neither should the representative…simple.

  5. Rambler1414 says:

    Regional Transit Authority for Metro Alanta:
    2 good names:
    (instead of MARTA)

    and Milton County!

  6. GAPolitico says:

    Cutting the $30 million tax payer subsidies to Delta since they posted $1 billion in profit each of the last two years? Can Republicans, tea parties, and occupiers not unite around this?

    • seekingtounderstand says:

      Its the republican way and there is no other party. The left is for freak of nature.
      People of Georgia have no representation. They have us screwed just as Huntsman stated in the debate. Every Georgian should be giving their republicans reps hell this session.
      Capcos, Toll lanes, HB87 is a joke that makes us a santuary state, reservoir lake developers unwisely spending and wasting tax money, food tax……..etc.
      This is what they will be giving us in 2012

  7. ZazaPachulia says:

    Some common sense.

    (That means no shenanigans and no more HB 87-like ‘I’m gonna make a statement, dammit’ bills that cost us jobs and end up mired in the courts.)

  8. Joshua Morris says:

    I’m looking for someone to come up with a real, workable concept for a new state tax code. We’re using one that is antiquated, piecemeal, and in some ways, Marxist. Repeal property/ad valorem taxes altogether–no one should be taxed for owning something. Repeal the state income tax–taxing productivity produces less of it. Find a way to collect a statewide consumption tax and ensure equitable distribution of it among departments, counties, school boards, etc.

    • Along with that we must also cut spending. I’m all for a consumption based tax, but I think many people would find the the rate unacceptable if we’re to have a balanced budget. Apparently a 6% income tax is okay… an additional 6% sales tax would apparently draw quite a bit of scrutiny.

  9. Andre says:

    I don’t expect to win many friends with my legislative wish list. Nevertheless, I’d like to see the General Assembly revive House Bill 72.

    H.B.72, if you remember, required driver’s license exams to be administered in English only.

    I don’t believe it is too much to ask a person applying for a Georgia driver’s license to take their written exam and road test in English.

    Our friends across the pond in the United Kingdom have even higher standards. Great Britain won’t even allow a person to emigrate into their country unless they can speak English.

    After a Court ruling upholding the pre-entry English test, British Immigration Minister Damian Green said, “ We believe it is entirely reasonable that someone intending to live in the UK should understand English, so that they can integrate and participate fully in our society. We are very pleased that the courts agree with us.

    In order for immigrants to integrate and participate fully in American society as well as Georgian society, it is entirely reasonable for immigrants to understand English. English-only driver’s license exams is not an unreasonable request, and I remain hopeful that H.B. 72 will be revived in 2012.

    • dsean says:

      What does speaking English have to do with driving?

      Wouldn’t you rather have people licensed who show some modicum of proficiency, have insurance, and a safe vehicle?

      Non-English speakers will still drive, they’ll just do so with registering their automobiles, passing emissions inspections, insuring their car, or stopping when they are involved in an accident because they lack the appropriate piece of paper from the government.

      • seekingtounderstand says:

        people who don’t speak english do not have car insurance and if problem occurs are released citizens are prosecuted if caught.

      • Andre says:

        “dsean”, I think it’s a carrot and sticks opportunity.

        We want legal immigrants to fully integrate and participate in our society. The only way, I believe, that is possible comes from expecting non-English speakers to understand English.

        If legal immigrants want to drive, they should understand English. An English-only driver’s license exam ensures that, I believe.

        If a legal immigrant drives without a license, they should suffer the same consequences I would face if I were arrested for driving unlicensed. If the immigrant is illegal, and they are caught driving unlicensed, deport them immediately.

        • dsean says:


          I think you miss my point. English proficiency and immigrant integration, while admirable goals, have nothing to do with the ability of an individual to operate a motor vehicle. The incentives for learning English, therefore, don’t align with the incentives for vehicle operation and still would not after your law takes effect. It strikes me as petty, therefore, to insist on English proficiency prior to being able to obtain a driver’s license.

          “If a legal immigrant drives without a license, they should suffer the same consequences I would face if I were arrested for driving unlicensed.” They currently do, regardless of their ability to speak English. What your law does is increase the likelihood that non-English speaking citizens and legal residents will be subjected to state intervention and control.

          “If the immigrant is illegal, and they are caught driving unlicensed, deport them immediately.” Georgia lacks the authority to directly deport illegal immigrants. An English-only driver’s exam doesn’t change that.

          What your bill does is deny licenses to citizens and legal immigrants who lack English proficiency (illegal immigrants can’t legally obtain licenses under current law) and creates a separate class of legal individuals based on their ability to speak English.

          It also increases the likelihood of having uninsured drivers on the road since an individual cannot purchase auto insurance without a driver’s license. That increases the costs of auto insurance for everyone.

          Ultimately, I suspect this bill would have the opposite effect of what you claim to want – integration of immigrant populations. Rather, it further force non-English speaking populations into linguistic enclaves that they wouldn’t be able to leave, either out of compliance with the law (lack of transportation) or official harassment of non-English speakers.

      • Engineer says:

        “What does speaking English have to do with driving?”
        I guess you’ve never seen a road sign in your life?

    • ricstewart says:

      In my opinion, the road sign portion of the test should be given in English only (as it is already, if I remember correctly) and the written test should remain as is – in thirteen translations.

      Hb 72 would include a double standard for non-English speakers and illiterate Georgians. Illiterate people would be exempt from this requirement, as would temporary license holders. The law should at least be consistent.

      I’m not aware of any empircal evidence that supports the notion that LEP drivers cause more accidents than English speakers. If the intent of this HB 72 is to encourage people to speak English, it’s counterproductive. I teach and tutor ESL classes and one of our biggest challenges is transportation to and from class. Making it more difficult for people to access English classes will hinder new Georgians from learning English.

      • Perhaps people should learn the language of the country they move to *before* they move there? I’m looking at having to visit Germany a bit next year for business, so I’m looking at learning at least *some* German. Just to visit, mind you, not even to move there.

    • bgsmallz says:


      I’m sorry, but your statement is moronic.

      Britan offers the driver’s test in 21 different languages including Arabic, Spanish, Hindi, and Cantonese.


      And if you don’t speak one of those languages, you can have a translator assist you (at your own cost).

      Don’t be a dolt. Having the driving test in multiple languages has nothing…absolutely NOTHING…to do with requiring English in order to emigrate.


  10. dsean says:

    Real Criminal Justice Reforms
    1) Shift traffic and similar offenses to violations rather than misdemeanors (unclog courts)
    2) Decriminalize small drug possession offenses into violations (or better yet, decriminalize drugs and treat addicts as patients rather than criminals) (unclog courts)
    3) Expand drug courts for property crimes committed by drug addicts and increase rehabilitation services (solve the underlying problem)
    4) Elimination or at least significant limits on no-knock warrants (restoring liberty)
    5) Demilitarization of police forces (why does Cobb County need a tank?)
    6) Shift parole & probation revocation decisions away from prosecutor’s offices and require review by a judge (restoring liberty)

    I hold little hope that any of these would actually happen, but this is my wish list.

  11. seekingtounderstand says:

    Have a way for citizens to stop County Commissioners from legal graft and stealing money.
    They are not held accountable in Hall County. The County where most of our leadership is from.
    Its chicago style politics all the way……………………..

  12. benevolus says:

    1. Wider roads!
    2. Fewer expensive parks!
    3. Pay teachers and cops less!
    4. Privatize the National Guard!
    5. Charter schools for everyone!

  13. saltycracker says:

    The Georgia General Assembly knows what they should do, they are just not willing to do it.

    The below may or may not be true but in the art of political obfuscation it serves as a classic example reflective of the Sunday Sales issue being passed on to the voters.

    In 1952, Armon M. Sweat, Jr., a member of the Texas House of Representatives, was asked about his position on whiskey. What follows is his exact answer (taken from the Political Archives of Texas):

    “If you mean whiskey, the devil’s brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean that evil drink that topples Christian men and women from the pinnacles of righteous and gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, shame, despair, helplessness, and hopelessness, then, my friend, I am opposed to it with every fiber of my being.

    However, if by whiskey you mean the lubricant of conversation, the philosophic juice, the elixir of life, the liquid that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer, the stimulating sip that puts a little spring in the step of an elderly gentleman on a frosty morning; if you mean that drink that enables man to magnify his joy, and to forget life’s great tragedies and heartbreaks and sorrow; if you mean that drink the sale of which pours into Texas treasuries untold millions of dollars each year, that provides tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitifully aged and infirm, to build the finest highways, hospitals, universities, and community colleges in this nation, then my friend, I am absolutely, unequivocally in favor of it.

    This is my position, and as always, I refuse to compromise on matters of principle.”

    • saltycracker says:

      I’ve seen a train in the middle of an airport & lots of taxpaid employees milling about…

      Let’s talk tradeoffs including the fuel tax…like the TSA…..

      Security by industry might involve having enough government staff & military to oversee compliance with regulations and in applicable cases like food or manufacturing, do some research……

      But manpower w/ gov’t benefits & taxpayer monies or loans to perform the tasks….nah….

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