Tuesday, March 30, 2010

GNB Update

Here's what's happening for Tuesday at GNB...

Going down to the wire in the battle to consolidate government in Albany and Dougherty County. The Albany Herald reports that legislation that could merge the two southwest Georgia local governing bodies might be stopped cold in the state House. That's despite the fact that it's still moving through the state Senate. A little-known House rule that defines "local" and "general" legislation could bring those efforts to a halt. State Senator Freddie Powell Sims (D-Dawson) must sign off on the bill before sending it to the Senate floor. It then proceeds to the House for consideration.

Lawmakers say no bullies allowed in Georgia schools. The Associated Press reports that the state House OK'ed a measure that cracks down on school bullying. The new legislation would send bullies to another school, and calls for stiff penalties for administrations who don't report any incidents to authorities. The bill passed 99-55. It was prompted by incident by an 11-year DeKalb County student who committed suicide because of bullying last year.

Georgia's attorney general could face impossible impeachment. Peach Pundit reports that state representative Mark Hatfield (R-Waycross) filed an impeachment resolution against Attorney General Thurbert Baker. Hatfield filed it because Baker refuses to challenge the federal government regarding the recently passed healthcare bill. Click here to find out why Baker chose to defy lawmakers.

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