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Jay Bookman feels threatened by the proposed Charter School Amendment, writing that “at stake are local tax dollars generated by local taxpayers for local schools, under the supervision of locally elected school board officials. The notion that unelected state officials should be able to intercede and overrule local officials in how that money is spent is unacceptable.”
Here’s the item from Atlanta Unfiltered that we tried to link to yesterday. Writer Jim Walls matched up reimbursement records by Senator Don Balfour with lobbyist-reported expenditures and raises the question whether Balfour received mileage reimbursement on days he was out of the state. This may be a clerical mistake as reimbursement checks were once, and may still be, automatically sent to legislators along with their per diem checks for days claimed as work days outside the session.
Apparently, Marco Rubio’s speech yesterday to CPAC was a stemwinder. Here’s a link.
The State Senate passed a resolution urging the expansion of federal guest work programs to increase the supply of documented migrant labor.
State Rep. Doug McKillip had his road to Damascus moment in 2009, becoming a Christian. That’s why he now opposes abortion and has filed a bill to further restrict its availability. So it’s not political opportunism mixed with a touch of trying too hard. Good to know. I’m pretty sure this will make Amy Morton feel better.
“Rep. McKillip is a political opportunist who seems willing to say or do whatever pleases his party leadership,” Morton said. “Rep. McKillip was a liberal pro-choice Democrat, and now he seems to have not only changed his party, but his core beliefs. I don’t know how voters of either party can trust him.”
Rep. Dusty Hightower, (R-Carrollton) elected on January 3, 2012 to succeed former Rep. Tim Bearden, can relax a little bit as House Bill 829 passed the House yesterday. The bill makes some redistricting tweaks, including moving the new Rep. out of a district in which he would have been forced to run against fellow incumbent Kevin Cooke (R-Villa Rica). Hightower will run for re-election this year.
Planning a sneak attack against Tennessee, the Rep. Jay Neal (R-Upper Left Hand Corner) has introduced House Bill 400, which would exempt water drawn from the
Georgia Tennessee River from the state’s prohibition on inter-basin transfers. If you’re worried that I just alerted Tennessee to our plans, calm down and remember they can’t read.
The Marietta Daily Journal notes that there has been no word on whether the Governor or Speaker support the effort to revise the TSPLOST legislation.
The Augusta Chronicle opines strongly against the Obama administration’s position on contraception and religious organizations. Georgia
Liberal Politico notes that the state appears to have the same policy. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, twenty states not including Georgia exempt from similar requirements employers who object for religious reasons. I suspect a bill will be filed shortly to mirror those exemptions.
Natural gas cars may receive a boost from the legislature in the form of income tax credits for buyers and for builders of natural gas refueling stations.
An independent candidate, Roger Fitzpatrick, has announced he will seek to represent Georgia’s new Ninth Congressional District as an Independent.
Attorney General Sam Olens announced that Georgia will participate in a settlement of a lawsuit against the country’s five largest lenders over allegations of fraudulent foreclosure practices. Georgia’s share will total about $814 million.
Olens says portions of the settlement will benefit loan term modifications and allow some homeowners who are underwater to refinance. He also says it will allow a number who unfairly lost their homes to foreclosure to each receive between $1800 to $2000 dollars.
Another $104 million dollars will go to the state. Olens hopes it will be used to prevent foreclosures and prosecute financial fraud, but the ultimate decision will be up to the legislature.
The only proposal to privatize Gwinnett County’s Briscoe Field is conditioned upon adding commercial service to the airport.
Congratulations to Layla Shipman, whom the Gingrich campaign has named Northwest Georgia Field Representative.
The Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition has announced it will ask for a commemorative car tag to raise awareness. Somebody else will have to write the punchline here.