State lawmakers will jump into spring break a day earlier than originally planned, with no General Assembly session Friday. That move is to give legislators more time to iron-out sticking points in a proposed tax reform plan.
State lawmakers cannot agree on a tax reform plan. And they have decided to take another week to resolve their differences.
Athens, Dunwoody, Macon, and Woodstock wanted it. Board chooses none of the proposed cities. Macon still has a chance to run the museum for a year.
State lawmakers were unable to come to an agreement Wednesday evening on a tax reform plan, so work will continue Thursday. A Republican-proposed measure would cut the state income tax from 6 to 4.5 percent. But it would add taxes on auto repair, car sales between individuals and some telecommunication services.
The House has approved legislation that would require six and seven year-old's to use booster car seats. The first violation would carry a fine of up to $50.
The state senate passed a budget Wednesday that includes two million dollars to study raising the water level of Lake Lanier. Republican Senator Butch Miller is from Gainesville where Lake Lanier sits. He says raising the pool two feet would help the region’s water needs.
State lawmakers were unable to come to an agreement Wednesday on a tax reform plan after haggling much of the day.
Black leaders in Georgia are claiming the creation of several cities around Atlanta essentially fences out black voters and creates white majorities. They say that violates the federal Voting Rights Act and they’ve sued the governor to get the cities dissolved.
A legislative committee approved a tax reform plan that would lower the income tax rate and leave groceries untaxed.
Two new reports are casting doubt on the effectiveness of drug courts. Governor Nathan Deal wants more drug courts in Georgia. He says, they reduce costs by keeping non-violent offenders out of prison. But the reports suggest that that isn't always the case.