OPINION: Jessica Szilagyi talks about being on the receiving end of threats of sabotage if she keeps writing about elected officials.
"As Crossover Day approaches, the Senate got to work perfecting some of the biggest pieces of legislation of the year in committee and passing bills to address Medicaid Waivers, school safety and more on the Senate floor. Overall, we heard and passed 28 Senate and House bills on the floor this week, and next week is sure to be even busier."
OPINION: Marc Hyden talks about HB 440. If passed, Georgia officials would no longer place 17-year-olds in the adult justice system wholesale. Rather, they would only treat youths as adults in cases involving particularly heinous circumstances. In most scenarios, then, 17-year-olds would enter the juvenile system, where they would still pay for their crimes but also receive the care that they need to grow into law-abiding adults.
OPINION: Ken Herron discusses Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's views on private prisons, healthcare, the economy, housing, and more.
OPINION: Jessica Szilagyi opines the issue of Speaker David Ralston and his alleged abuse of a state law that allows him to continue legal cases for legislative duties. In her column, she discusses why the Georgia House has earned the leadership of Ralston.
"When borrowers’ occupational licenses are suspended, they are prohibited from working in their professions. Without a job, it can be nearly impossible to satisfy one’s loan obligations. Thus, rather than helping borrowers repay their loans, the policy makes it more difficult for them to do so."
"One of the places we see a lack of integrity is in our political candidates. We hope that any candidate that we support is a man or woman of integrity. A person of integrity will not use deception in order to be elected to an office."
OPINION: I am certain that working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will produce impactful and sound legislation.
OPINION: "We have zero tariffs on 61 percent of the total value of our imports, more than 17,000 product types. On thousands of additional products, our tariffs are lower than the tariffs other countries impose."
Senator Jeff Mullis and his pals want to make Georgia a 2-party consent state, which would meddle in the private conversations of individuals and limit a tool the media has used to shed light on poor behavior of elected officials for decades.