Shocking! Senate passes substantive legislation on first day of session!

The Georgia Senate passed two pieces of substantive legislation today, the first day of the 2012 Session. Both bills were carryovers from 2011.

Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, second-signer to Tommie Williams, took the well on Senate Bill 184, which prevents local school boards from using seniority as a factor in deciding which teachers are fired when layoffs are made.

“We have teachers of the year who are fired because of this ridiculous policy,” said Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock. “We want the very best teachers in the classroom regardless of what day they were hired.”

The bill passed 38-15 with largely-Republican support.

Senate Bill 38, also sponsored by Rogers, gives sole authority to the State School Superintendent in hiring and firing his staff. The state school board may override the Superintendent’s decisions by a two-thirds vote.

Whatever this means for settling issues of leadership in the Senate, Chip Rogers clearly was winning today.



  1. ted in bed says:

    Right there is the reason why limiting the Lt.Gov. role in managing the Senate is a GOOD THING.

    It has allowed other leaders to rise to the top like cream and hone their leadership skills. This will pay dividends for the Republicans long term.

    • redrock says:

      ted in bed – your comments are absurd. Other leaders like Chip Rogers huh?

      Chip Rogers got his brother Jon a job with John Barge. Then it came out that John Barge was going to fire Chip’s brother Jon. Now – to buy favor with John Barge – Chip is ramming SB38 through to give John Barge more power to keep him happy so he won’t fire his brother.

      Leadership? I don’t think so.

  2. seekingtounderstand says:

    Cut the Lt. Gov. position from the budget. Save the money it takes for his staff and a car with driver and all his expenses. Plus he has proven to put politics and power plays over the needs of the people. Hall County will remember.

    • UpHere says:

      Word on the street is Cagle will get his power back and Tommie Williams will be voted out of President Pro Tem tomorrow with the help of the Demcrats tomorrow. Wait and see.

        • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

          Collude with the Democrats to do what? Sit on the sidelines and whine and complain that Georgia politics is unfair while being totally ignored by the majority of Georgians?

          If Cagle attempted to collude with the Dems for power, not only would he be the most hated Republican in the state, but he would likely be the only Republican to most with what’s left of a quickly-disappearing Georgia Democrat Party.

          In Georgia, politicians don’t run to the Democrat Party to keep or gain power, they run AWAY from it.

          Cagle enlisting the help of the Dems to help get his power as President of the Senate restored would be the equivalent of enlisting the help of the crew of a three-forths sunken ship Titanic to help get him back to shore.

    • brasstownhigh says:

      The Lt. Governor is a constitutional position. You can’t strike it from the budget. Sorry to poke a hole in your ridiculous argument bud.

      Also, if you’re angry about folks playing politics and using power plays – look no further than Senator Tommie Williams and Senator Chip Rogers. It’s hard to argue otherwise being that the current Senate set up is from them playing politics and pulling power plays.

      • Ken says:

        Oh! You mean like when they took away chairmanships because they were such vindictive losers . . . wait, sorry, that was Lt. Governor Cagle who did that, wasn’t it?

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