News from the Capitol

March 25, 2016

Posted On March 29, 2016

Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned sine die as the clock struck 12:30 a.m. on Friday, March 25 after a session that saw many twist and turns on key legislation. In these 40 days, lawmakers approved budgets for the remainder of FY 2016 and FY 2017, as well as legislation that addressed… more »

March 18, 2016

Posted On March 18, 2016

Revisions to HOPE

HB 801, passed the Senate this week by a vote of 54-0. This bill revises the academic eligibility requirements to receive the HOPE scholarship by including computer science in the advanced science category. Beginning in academic year 2017-2018, the cumulative GPA for calculating HOPE would include weighted grades for specific science, technology,… more »

March 11, 2016

Posted On March 15, 2016

Senate Passes FY 2017 Budget

This week, the Georgia Senate voted 53-2 to pass the $23.7 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. The proposed budget for FY 2017 is $1.9 billion larger than the current spending plan, with much of the new money added in the areas of transportation… more »

March 4, 2016

Posted On March 4, 2016

Campus Carry Hearing

HB 859, was heard this week before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would allow anyone with a weapons carry permit (must be 21 years of age and passed a background check) to carry a firearm anywhere on a public college, university, technical school, vocational school or other institution of postsecondary education,… more »

February 26, 2016

Posted On March 1, 2016

GSU Football Team Commended at State Capitol

The Georgia State University football team was invited to the House of Representatives and the Senate to commend them on their record-breaking season. The team won its final four regular season games including a 34-7 win at Georgia Southern to become bowl eligible for the first time and… more »

February 19, 2016

House Passes FY 2017 Budget

Today, the Georgia House of Representatives voted 167-1 to pass the $23.7 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. The proposed budget for FY 2017 is $1.9 billion larger than the current spending plan, with much of the new money added in the areas of… more »

February 12, 2016

Senate Passes Amended Budget

The Senate passed HB 750, the FY 2016 Amended budget by a vote of 49-0.  The amended budget totals $23 billion, an increase of $1.1 billion over the budget originally adopted last year.  Of the additional spending, $758 million will go toward road and bridge projects.

The mid-year budget includes $110… more »

February 5, 2016

Georgia State University hosted its annual GSU Day at the Capitol this week. This year’s event highlighted Georgia State’s successful consolidation with Georgia Perimeter College, a record breaking year in research funding, athletic achievements and the national recognition for its innovative commitment to student success.

January 29, 2016

House Passes Amended Budget

The House passed HB 750, the FY 2016 Amended budget by a vote of 176-0. The amended budget totals $23 billion, an increase of $1.1 billion over the budget they originally adopted last year. Of the additional spending, $758 million will go toward road and bridge projects.

The mid-year budget includes… more »

January 22, 2016

Budget Hearings Underway

Governor Nathan Deal has proposed a spending plan of $23.7 billion for fiscal year 2017, a $2 billion increase over the current state budget. Deal addressed the General Assembly’s joint Appropriations Committee this week, kicking off the legislative budget hearings. Deal gave a broad overview of his spending plan before focusing on… more »