News from the Capitol

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 »

January 15, 2016

Governor Deal Delivers State of the State Address

Governor Nathan Deal on Wednesday delivered his sixth State of the State address to a joint session of the Georgia Legislature. The governor outlined his 2016 legislative agenda focusing on areas such as education, pay raises for teachers and state employees and job growth.

Deal praised the… more »

November 4, 2015

New to the GSU Delegation

Since the close of the 2015 legislative session, there have been several special elections to fill vacant seats.

Marie Metze (D-Atlanta), will represent House District 55 in Fulton County. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Education Leadership degree from GSU in 1980. Marie is a community activist and former… more »

May 15, 2015

Posted On May 19, 2015

Governor Deal Signs FY 2016

Governor Nathan Deal signed a $21.8 billion state budget this week that will increase state spending by $1 billion over the fiscal 2015 budget adopted last spring.  Much of the new money was added in the areas of education funding, child welfare and criminal justice reform.  The fiscal year begins… more »

April 3, 2015

Posted On April 10, 2015

Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned sine die just before midnight on April 2 after a session that saw many twist and turns on key  legislation.  In these 40 days, lawmakers approved budgets for the remainder of the FY 2015 and FY 2016 budgets as well as  legislation that addressed transportation, medical… more »

March 27, 2015

Posted On March 31, 2015

GSU Men’s Basketball Team Commended at Capitol

Georgia State President Mark Becker, Athletics Director Charlie Cobb, Men’s Basketball Coach Ron Hunter, and the Men’s Basketball Team were invited to the House of Representatives and the Senate this week and presented with resolutions commending them on their championship season and outstanding performance in the 2015 NCAA… more »

March 20, 2015

Posted On March 31, 2015

Senate Passes FY 2016 Budget

The Senate today, voted 52-1 to pass the $21.8 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. The proposed budget for FY 2016 is $1 billion larger than the current spending plan, with much of the new money added in the areas of education funding.

The… more »

March 13, 2015

Posted On March 17, 2015

Crossover Day

Today was Crossover Day at the Georgia Capitol and legislators scrambled to debate as many bills as they could before the end of business.

If a bill has a chance to become law this year, it must clear the chamber where it originated by the end of 30th day of the session, which… more »

March 6, 2015

Posted On March 6, 2015

Transportation Plan Passes House

The House voted 123-46 this week to pass the House transportation plan.  HB 170, is intended to raise an estimated $1 billion dollars a year to build roads, repair bridges and finance other transit projects.

The latest revision involved pushing back the effective date of changes in local option sales taxes… more »

February 20, 2015

Georgia State Students Commended

Several Georgia State University students were commended this week with resolutions in the House of Representatives and the Senate.  To read the resolutions in their entirety please click the following links.

SR 279 ( , sponsored by Sen. Curt Thompson (D-Atlanta), commending Georgia State University student-athlete Ronald Jordan “R.J.” Hunter… more »