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Ethics panel: ‘Substantial’ belief that Balfour broke rules

June 1, 2012 --

The Senate Ethics Committee said today there’s “substantial cause” to believe Rules Chairman Don Balfour violated rules for expense reimbursements. The next step: A settlement with Balfour on public meetings that would air the details of the case.

Supremes strike down Ga. charter school law

Supremes strike down Ga. charter school law
May 16, 2011 --

Georgia’s charter school law unconstitutionally breached local school boards’ exclusive control over public education in their districts, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled today. In a 4-3 decision, the court said the state Constitution did not allow the Legislature to create a state agency creating public charter schools. Read a thorough summary of the issues and the full decision.

Who could say ‘no’ to more jobs for Georgia?

Who could say 'no' to more jobs for Georgia?
October 31, 2010 --

Just as the National Lampoon twisted arms in 1973, state lawmakers are asking voters Tuesday to amend the state Constitution to bring jobs to Georgia. When they ask that way, who could say no? Evidently, lawmakers fretted that Georgians could. The legislative history shows they tweaked and prodded the ballot question for Amendment 1 until limitations on competition, which are generally barred by the Georgia Constitution, now appear to make the state more competitive.

BeltLine funding bill would circumvent new school board vote

March 28, 2009 --

Legislation assigning $850 million in Atlanta school taxes to the city’s BeltLine project without a vote passed the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday. New language inserted in the bill (reproduced below) means the Atlanta Board of Education would not have to reauthorize funds to a Tax Allocation District for the BeltLine. The board’s 2005 vote […]