Archive for February, 2010

State Representative Bob Bryant Speaks at Fort Stewart Black History Event

ATLANTA— On Thursday, February 25, 2010, State Representative Bob Bryant (D–Garden City) was the guest speaker at Fort Stewart, Georgia for a Black History Month observance program.  Speaking to the 3rd Infantry Division, Representative Bryant remembered famous African-American military heroes and told the crowd of over 200 soldiers and civilians of his personal experience in the United States Army.


Georgia State Representative Lynn Smith Speaks at Leadership Atlanta Event

ATLANTA—State Representative Lynn Smith (R-Newnan) spoke at a Leadership Atlanta alumni program entitled, “Uniting the Two Georgias,” on Thursday, February 18, 2010. As part of a legislative panel, Representative Smith discussed Judge Magnuson’s ruling on the future of Lake Lanier’s water supply and how this ruling will affect the entire state of Georgia. (more…)

‘Buck-a-Pack’ Cigarette Tax an Idea Whose Time Has Come

By Representative Ron Stephens (R-Savannah)

I’m a proud Republican and a fiscal conservative.  I’m also the lead sponsor on a bill that would raise an estimated $350 million in new state taxes and attract another billion dollars in federal health care funds to Georgia.  What’s more, I’m looking forward to running for re-election this year and will campaign on this issue. (more…)

Representative Katie Dempsey Appointed to Behavioral Health Coordinating Council

ATLANTA – Georgia State Representative Katie Dempsey (R- Rome) announces her appointment to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities’ Behavioral Health Coordinating Council. In this role, she will work with other Council members in developing solutions that will offer more efficient and effective delivery of behavioral health services. (more…)

Statement from Speaker David Ralston on DOR’s Review of Legislators Who Failed to File 2008 Personal Income Tax Returns

ATLANTA – House Speaker David Ralston today released the following statement regarding the Georgia Department of Revenue report submitted to House Ethics Committee Chairman Joe Wilkinson concerning members of the General Assembly who did not file their 2008 personal income tax return:

“Upon receipt of the report from the Department of Revenue, House Ethics Committee Chairman Joe Wilkinson delivered the report to me. Legal counsel and I have reviewed the report, in conjunction with the law, and only one House member has not filed a personal income tax return with the Department of Revenue for tax year 2008. As provided by law, Chairman Wilkinson will conduct an appropriate investigation consistent with the rules of the House Committee on Ethics and report the findings to me.”