President Mark Becker began the 2014 Congressional Staff Campus Tour expressing how Georgia State is advancing academically and expanding our opportunities and broadening our influence to better serve our students and community.
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Periodic updates from the office of Government & Community Affairs.
Governor Nathan Deal won a second term in office Tuesday with a victory over Democratic challenger Jason Carter and Libertarian Andrew Hunt and led a republican sweep of all constitutional offices. Deal garnered 52.8 percent of the over 2.5 million votes cast to Carter’s 44.8 and Andrew Hunt’s 2.3. Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle… more »
The Georgia General Assembly adjourned sine die just before midnight on March 20 after a fast paced session that saw many twist and turns on key legislation. In these 40 days, lawmakers approved budgets for the remainder of the FY 2014 and FY 2015 budgets as well as legislation that addressed firearms, Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act.
HB 60, to allow retired judges to carry firearms, was amended this week on the floor of the House by adding to it most of the language of HB 875. The noteworthy language change in the bill is the removal of the campus carry provision. “The bill now gives local governments more flexibility in dealing with attempts to bring firearms into public buildings and removes the campus carry section that would have reduced the punishment for bringing a firearm on campus to a civil fine of up to $100″, said Rep. Alan Powell (R-Hartwell), Chairman of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee. Carrying a firearm on campus would revert to current law.
The Georgia Senate overwhelmingly approved the state budget for the 2015 fiscal year. The $20.8 billion spending plan passed the Senate by a vote of 51-4. The budget would increase state spending by $770 million over the fiscal 2014 budget adopted last spring. Of that spending, $534 million would go toward K-12 and higher education.
The Georgia General Assembly will convene Monday, March 3 at 10:00 am for Day 30, also known as Crossover Day. Crossover Day is the last day a bill can cross over from one chamber to the other in bill form. If a bill does not pass its initial chamber, it can no longer move forward this year.
The House budget recommendations of interest to the University System of Georgia (USG) and Georgia State University included $7 million in equipment funds for the new Law/Humanities Building at Georgia State University.
Georgia State University students, faculty and administrators were on hand this week for the annual GSU Day at the Capitol. Representatives from all of GSU’s colleges, along with students from the School of Hospitality, School of Music, 1913 Society, Rialto Center ambassadors, cheerleaders and Pounce showed our elected officials all… more »
The House passed HB 743, sponsored by Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), the FY2014 Amended state budget by a vote of 163-1. The amended budget adjust state funds by $313.9 million to a total of $20.3 billion for the year ending June 30, 2014.
Governor Nathan Deal signed a $19.9 billion state budget on May 7 that will increase spending by 4.6 percent over this year, primarily to cover higher education and health-care costs. Of the $522 million increase in spending over fiscal 2013, $246.7 million will go toward Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids programs.