Archive for March, 2010

State Representative Stephens Releases Statement to Encourage Constituents to Participate in the Georgia TeenWork Program

ATLANTA –State Representative Mickey Stephens (D- Savannah) released the following statement today encouraging teens and businesses to consider participation in the Georgia Department of Human Service’s (DHS) TeenWork program: (more…)

Georgia House Passes Legislation to Help Prevent Criminals from Skipping Bond

ATLANTA – The Georgia House of Representatives passed House Bill 889 on Friday, March 26, 2010, by a vote of 105 to 56.  Sponsored by Representative Len Walker (R-Loganville), HB 889 limits the recognizance of bonds for persons who are charged with certain crimes. (more…)

Georgia House Passes Legislation Giving Georgians More Options for Health Insurance

ATLANTA – The Georgia House of Representatives passed House Bill 1184 on Friday, March 26, 2010, by a vote of 108 to 55.  Sponsored by Representative Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City), HB 1184 allows Georgians to purchase individual health insurance plans across state lines. (more…)

Representative Kidd Criticizes Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities for Unfair Treatment of Employees

ATLANTA – During discussion on House Bill 1324, state Representative Rusty Kidd (I-Milledgeville) criticized the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities for their unfair treatment of employees at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville.  Representative Kidd was so outraged by recent layoffs that he actually stood in his wheelchair to exclaim the layoffs were inappropriate and wrong. (more…)

House Passes Legislation to Help Schools Handle Bullying

ATLANTA – The Georgia House of Representatives today passed Senate Bill 250 by a vote of 119 to 45.  This legislation was amended by state Representative Mike Jacobs (R-Atlanta) to include measures that will expand and clarify the definition of “bullying” in Georgia public schools.  The amendment also allows corrective action to be taken in any grade level and requires the Department of Education to develop a model bullying policy for its member schools. (more…)