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Legislative tussle over state DOT Chairman Evans comes to a vote Friday

The controversial election for the 9th District seat on the State Transportation Board will take place Friday in the Senate chamber at the state Capitol.

February 10, 2008 | From staff reports | Legislature 2008


House Republican to Cagle: Act on vetoes or face impeachment charges

A state House Republican said Friday he would bring impeachment charges against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle if the Senate refuses to consider a dozen veto overrides the House passed on the first day of the legislative session.

January 29, 2008 | The Associated Press | Legislature 2008


A chunk of Perdue’s $21.4 billion budget goes to Northeast Georgia projects

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue on Wednesday released his budget plan for fiscal year 2009, which begins July 1. The $21.4 billion plan contains several Northeast Georgia projects.

Gainesville State College would receive $2.4 million to design a three-story 130,000-square-foot academic building. Funding for construction would likely come in the 2010 budget. The building, with an estimated cost of $35 million, would be the largest on the Oakwood campus.

January 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2008


Perdue wants to cut taxes for owners of property, cars

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue proposed the largest budget in Georgia history on Wednesday while floating a plan that would cut taxes for owners of property and cars.

Perdue laid out the highlights of his $21.4 billion budget during his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the state legislature.

January 28, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2008


Rep. James Mills’ legislation targets vehicles of illegal immigrants

The dean of Hall County's legislative delegation has proposed a bill that would be another step in the state's effort to enforce immigration laws.

January 27, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2008


Panel waters down gun bill; State of State address is today

Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday that he opposes a gun bill backed by the National Rifle Association that would allow employees to keep their firearms in their locked cars at work.

January 27, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2008


Cagle calls House veto overrides 'petty politics'

Last week, Gov. Sonny Perdue, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker Glenn Richardson toured the state in what was billed as a "Unity Tour," to tout their common positions on education and water.

January 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2008


Legislature '08: Native son Cagle presides over Senate again

For Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, today marks the beginning of his sophomore year in the state's second highest office. In his first year as lieutenant governor, Cagle, who turned 42 on Saturday, quickly made the adjustment into the parliamentary maneuvering he must perform as the presiding officer of the Georgia State Senate.

He also ended four years of partisan bickering between the Senate's majority of Republicans and Cagle's predecessor, Mark Taylor, a Democrat.

January 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2008


Legislature preview: Power trip divides state leaders

Political dissension under the gold dome of Georgia's state capitol is not new.

January 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2008


Legislature '08: An eye on the issues

WATER PLAN: A plan prepared by the State Water Task Force has been submitted to the legislature. It can be modified by the House or Senate Natural Resources committees, but will face an up or down vote when it reaches the floor of the respective chambers. Most legislative leaders are predicting the plan, which creates water districts, will not be changed before it is voted upon. Hall County already is included in the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, which is chaired by Kit Dunlap, president of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

TRAUMA CARE: The mounting debt faced by ...

January 24, 2008 | By Staff, Wire Reports | Legislature 2008


Perdue expected to stick with a modest agenda

ATLANTA -- If Gov. Sonny Perdue's agenda for the new year sounds familiar it should.

January 24, 2008 | By Shannon McCaffrey The Associated Press | Legislature 2008


Legislature '08: The local agenda

As the curtain rises Monday on the 2008 session of the Georgia General Assembly, Hall County's legislative delegation has a wide range of legislative priorities. We asked the members of the delegation -- Reps. Carl Rogers, James Mills, Doug Collins and Tommy Benton and Sen. Lee Hawkins -- to tell us what they think the top issues are.

THE GREAT PLAN: Among the key issues, House Speaker Glenn Richardson's plan to replace ad valorem taxes for education with a sales tax. The plan, as presented this week, would eliminate school property taxes and replace them with a 4 percent state ...

January 24, 2008 | By Staff Reports | Legislature 2008


Profile of area legislators

Hall County legislators

January 13, 2008 | | Legislature 2008


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