Posted: 8:45 am Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Legislative tip sheet: Guns, kids, weather and teachers 

By Jim Galloway

It’s gonna be a busy day.

After gaveling in at 10 a.m., the House will take up the big gun bill — no amendments permitted, while the Senate will focus on foster care/child welfare privatization and the DeKalb County non-partisan election bill.

The joint House/Senate Ethics committee will meet at 4 p.m. to evaluate how last year’s changes are working out.

Throughout the day, the Capitol will be crawling with teachers, some of whom are still not happy with their health care options. And at noon we’ll have the debut of a new good government group, Georgia Watchdog.

At the same time, less than a mile away, Georgia’s U.S. Senate candidates will try to distinguish themselves at a forum sponsored by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. We’ve heard this one might get testy.

On the gubernatorial front, Gov. Nathan Deal holds a first meeting of his weather emergency task force at 2 p.m. today. GOP primary rival John Barge, the state school superintendent, addresses PAGE at noon. And state Sen. Jason Carter, the Democrat from Atlanta, has a presentation on education reform scheduled for post-adjournment.

2 comments
MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Georgia's legislators' choices in not improving Georgia's traditional public schools go hand-in-hand with a political agenda which has adversely affected Georgia's public school teachers, directly and personally, so well summarized by Wascatlady on the "Get Schooled" blog, earlier today. I have highlighted her remarks, below:
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"I am the one carrying the sign that enumerates the epic FAILS of the last 10 years:

the theft of monies from the reserves of the State Merit Employees Health Fund
the defunding of systems, making necessary the furlough of teachers
the defunding of systems, making class sizes jump (and okayed by the legislature)
the broken promises to teachers
the lack of pay raises, in addition to the above
the funneling of money to private school scholarships
the 'provision' of only an HRA for teacher, retired teacher, and state worker health insurance

ALL IN ALL, AN EPIC FAIL BY THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE BRANCHES IN GEORGIA"

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

"GOP primary rival John Barge, the state school superintendent, addresses PAGE at noon.


And state Sen. Jason Carter, the Democrat from Atlanta, has a presentation on education reform scheduled for post-adjournment."

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Please give a summary report on Dr. Barge's comments to PAGE, today, as well as a report on state Sen. Jason Carter's remarks on educational reform, in post-adjournment.  Thank you.