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Georgia General Assembly
Friday, February 15, 2013
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The Georgia General Assembly will convene on Jan. 14, 2013, and Patch wants to know what you think lawmakers should discuss.
Lawmakers, lobbyists, activist groups, the media and concerned citizens are all set to converge on the state capitol on Jan. 14, when the Georgia General Assembly returns to downtown Atlanta. Already, lawmakers have been meeting with their constituents at town halls and public forums throughout metro Atlanta, talking about the issues that may come before the state House and Senate. Some issues have already started to surface. Some DeKalb lawmakers are advocating the formation of yet another city, this one carved out of the North Druid Hills and Briarcliff communities. There's also been talk of creating a new county composed just of Buckhead, with some lawmakers stressing the need to work within our current governments and not forming new …
Monday, April 9, 2012
Rep. Roger Bruce's legislative wrap-up is being held at Cascade United Methodist Church.
State Rep. Roger Bruce, D-Atlanta, whose 64th house district includes much of Cascade and southwest Atlanta, is hosting a town hall meeting on Tuesday, April 10. The event is being held at Cascade United Methodist Church, and begins at 7 pm. “I urge Georgia residents to come out to this town hall meeting,” said Bruce. “This is a chance to have a two-way conversation about these past 40 legislative day and it is important that we hear from you and let us know what is on your mind. I am excited to speak with you all about redistricting and the importance of voting.” Topics will include a legislative session wrap-up, as well as the impact on the district as a result of recent redistricting.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Childhood obesity, closing the achievement gap among this year's topics.
Cascade state Sens. Vincent Fort and Donzella James were among the legislators who met with participants in this year's Links Day at the Georgia Capitol 2012, which was held this past week. The Links Inc. founded in 1946, is an international organization consisting of 12,000-plus women committed to leadership, friendship and service. The topic at this year's meeting was “Understanding the Linkages Among Childhood Obesity, S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education and Closing the Achievement Gap.” Moderated by Judge Yvette Miller (Georgia Court of Appeals) and Patsy Jo Hilliard (former mayor of East Point), the panelists included Dr. Henri Treadwell, director and senior social scientist for Community Voices and …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The new district 53 stretches from Buckhead in the north to Cascade in the southwest.
The newly redrawn House District 53 – which includes parts of the Cascade community – features two House Democrats who will have to run against each other if they want to be re-elected, and a third contender as well. State Reps. Elly Dobbs and Sheila Jones have been drawn into the same district, meaning they will have to run against each other to retain the seat. A third candidate, Atlanta attorney Robert Patillo, has also entered the race. Jones' office confirmed to Patch that she intends to run again, while Dobbs is still undecided. "At this point in time I have not made a final decision about running again," Dobbs said. "I am being encouraged to run again and am looking into my options. Once I decide I will make an announcement." “…
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
A bill being sponsored by a Cascade state lawmaker is scheduled for a public hearing on Wednesday.
State Rep. Ralph Long, D-Atlanta, is calling on his Cascade constituents to attend a Wednesday public hearing on his bill to more strictly regulate Georgia's mattress and bedding industry. "If you value your mattress, and want to be able to go to bed without itching or twitching, then you need to come to this hearing," Long told members of NPU-S during its regular meeting last week. "Not enough people come down to the capitol. It's your building." Among other things, House Bill 678 would provide definitions of what constitutes a new mattress, as well as a used one. "We have mattress factories down here that take old material from mattresses and sell them as new ones," Long said. "Y'all elected us to do a job and make demands on us. Well, …
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Are you for or against changing Georgia's current law?
House Bill 981, now before the Georgia General Assembly, would allow Georgians to carry concealed weapons in public schools, college campuses and other locations. In Cascade, just this past week, a Therrell High School student was arrested after attempting to hide a handgun in a urinal after he and two other students had been arrested for gambling on school property. So Cascade Patch wants to know: where do you stand on this issue? Take our online poll and let's get the discussion started.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The contentious issue of charter schools could impact five such southwest Atlanta educational institutions.
The most hard-fought piece of legislation to come through the state Capitol this year has split Cascade's delegates to the gold dome. House Resolution 1162 could give charter school boards the option to bypass local school boards and get their permission to operate those from the state of Georgia. But both supporters and opponents of the resolution paint it as almost a life-and-death struggle for the charter school movement. Resolution "1162 continues to be much broader than it needs to be," said opponent state Rep. Kathy Ashe (D-Atlanta), for giving the Legislature the power to exclude local officials from chartering decisions. Charter schools are public schools, receive state and local public money, and must follow federal school laws …