Posted: 6:00 am Friday, January 17th, 2014

Legislative tip sheet: The dog that doesn’t bark 

By Jim Galloway

Friday’s sessions of the state House and Senate start at 9 a.m.

The House is expected to pass HB 310, the bill setting the state primary for May 20. No bills are on the Senate calendar and lawmakers from both chambers will probably be on the road to their districts before noon for the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

Much of the inaction could be written off as a consequence of the speeded-up calendar but for this: Leading Republicans in the state Capitol, months earlier, had anticipated a quick resolution to the gun bill that’s hanging fire from last year’s session.

Those in charge had thought that a quick erasure of provisions to allow concealed-carry on the campuses of public universities would result in something that could be declared an election-year victory – the bill would allow concealed-carry in houses of worship and other public spaces.

The absence of a quick vote clearly means there’s more ditch-level work to be done.

9 comments
mrob
mrob

For all those concern about Georgia Public School System Policy Report, I have posted here the report. http://gbpi.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Cutting-Class-to-Make-Ends-Meet.pdf

Please keep in mind as a very sad reminder as you review this report, the rural school districts of Georgia that are heavy Republican voters are treated second class as the same as the metro supported Republicans voters. So therefore, the poor and middle class Republicans are treated the same as it relates to the lack of quality for a progressive public school education much like the Democrats and the Independent, respectfully.

What is also sad is The Georgia Republicans have wage war against the poor and the middle class. I say this because this report in it's entirety indirectly related to the lack of economic development and social in-equality between the "HAVE and the HAVE-NOT"

Ultimately the ugly sad truth is after reading this report I DO NOT DOUBT that some parent or some young adult with a child in school will go to the poll this upcoming Georgia Governor election to re-elect a "DEAL" that was never a good "DEAL" to begin with all because of the label "Republican" regardless of how economic disadvantages his or her socioeconomic current condition are. As long as he or she, the candidate is a "CONSERVATIVE" and lack responsibility, it's okay.

The Republican party for 12 years have systematically destroyed Georgia Public Education System by draining funds from it source and meanwhile knowingly that the surrounding school districts communities have a high growing, and a unbearable high percentage of economically disadvantage students and parents depending on the need of quality education to compete for future jobs and advance opportunities likewise as the private school students are instructed to pursuit.

The lack of quality education brings on high crime, poor conditions, slave wages, and etc...Believe me, they (the Repuds) know this.

Georgia have another choice for Governor to turn back the trend of the lack of vision, low pay, high taxes, in-equality, injustice, and corporate entitlements that have cripple all Georgians for the past 12 years.

The choice is yours.......Do be a "FOOL" again.

DirtyDawg
DirtyDawg

Seems to me that the Repug Legislature is determined to cut the carnival side/freak show that their Senate (and perhaps Governor) primary - including debates- will undoubtedly become, as short as possible. Even they witnessed the joke that the Repug Presidential nomination 'process' became in '12, and figure that the more the Brouns, Kingstons, Gingreys and Handels are exposed to the light of day, the more likely it'll become 'none of the above'.

DS
DS

There was an article in the NY Times last Wednesday about how, in many states with one-party rule, governors and legislators are laying low and avoiding controversial topics in the current session. They're trying to avoid backlash at the ballot box for overreaching.

Meanwhile, in Georgia, issues like economic development, jobs, education, transportation, maintenance of infrastructure and providing an adequate supply of drinking water are not being addressed. Our elected leaders aren't earning their keep. And they're keeping a really low profile, hoping we won't notice.

SouthGeorgiareader
SouthGeorgiareader

We can't expect much from this session.  Before this year, the House and Senate have proved that anything is possible, including the continuing insane proposal for carrying guns in schools and places of worship. God help us.

DaltonbywayofBickley
DaltonbywayofBickley

Why don't they just do away with all gun restrictions and call it a day? Instead it's churches one year, workplaces another, colleges another. Guess they are milking this "issue" for political gain. Huh, imagine that.

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

Totally insane.  In Florida, a well trained retired cop panics 'cause someone tosses a bag of popcorn at him, pulls out his loaded firearm, and kills the guy.  A young father is dead, and the cop will spend the rest of his miserable life in prison, instead of fishing and traveling and enjoying his grandchildren.

All because he thought he had to carry a weapon in a public place...

Shar1
Shar1

@DaltonbywayofBickleyBecause if they did away with all restrictions they would have armed citizens in the State House.  These grandiose cowards are willing to throw any Georgian in front of any gun at any time, as long as they themselves are exempt.


DirtyDawg
DirtyDawg

Wonder if the shooter actually went to get his gun from his car instead of going to get a 'manager'. If so, it would seem to negate any 'stand your ground' defense and demonstrate 'intent'.

Charles50
Charles50

@DirtyDawg That's an interesting thought.  I mean, maybe he does carry his weapon EVERYWHERE he goes but if he went to get it out of the car that would be premeditation.

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