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Governor Signs First Bills of 2013 Session

February 13, 2013

To prevent a nearly $700 million shortfall in program funding, Governor Nathan Deal this morning signed Senate Bill 24, the Hospital Medicaid Financing Program Act.

Review Prefiled Legislation for the 2013 Legislative Session

January 2, 2013

To prepare for the legislative session that starts January 14, state legislators have begun filing bills and resolutions for consideration.

Prefiled Legislation for 2013 Legislative Session

December 13, 2012

To prepare for the legislative session that starts January 14, state legislators have begun filing bills and resolutions for consideration.

More Online Businesses to Collect Sales Taxes

October 12, 2012

In an effort both to make the retail market fair for all business owners and to draw more revenue for state programs, the General Assembly passed legislation that requires more online retailers to collect sales taxes starting this month.

Recognizing Concussions

August 23, 2012

Concussions are among the most common sport- and recreation-related injuries reported in children and adolescents, and aggregate concussion cases number some 3.9 million per year throughout the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates.

Banning Synthetic Marijuana

August 20, 2012

During the past several years, a surge of young adults and teens have skirted the illegality of marijuana by purchasing and smoking instead a synthetic form of the drug.

Ending the Annual Ad Valorem Tax

August 20, 2012

The unpopular “birthday tax” car owners pay ended when Gov. Nathan Deal signed the tax reform bill HB 386 earlier this year. The bill eliminates the annual ad valorem tax car owners pay and the sales tax manufacturers pay for future purchases.

More School Nurses On Hand This Year

August 9, 2012

Starting this year, students will see more school nurses in their front office clinics. Under new legislation, public schools must now supply at least one nurse for every 750 elementary school students and one for every 1,500 middle and high school students.

Dealing With Dangerous Dogs

July 20, 2012

In response to an alarming series of dog attacks on children and neighborhood residents reported during the last several years, the General Assembly last legislative session passed and Governor Nathan Deal approved House Bill 685, which, with its Responsible Dog Ownership Law, now holds owners more deeply accountable for their dangerous or vicious dogs.

Reductions to Unemployment Benefits Signed into Law

May 14, 2012

Governor Nathan Deal recently signed House Bill 347 into law, cutting unemployment benefits to Georgians and increasing unemployment insurance taxes to businesses.

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