Articles from the Government section archive

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Davis seeks additions to mayoral powers

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis has announced plans to increase the authority of the mayor's office to include a veto, hiring and firing of city department heads, budgeting and more.
By Susan McCord

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

West Augusta residents meet with mayor for 'office hours'

A handful of west Augusta residents dropped by Mayor Hardie Davis' Thursday "office hours" event held at a new Washington Road deli.
By Susan McCord

Bill advances to let magnet students play on public school teams

ATLANTA - With a 6-2 vote Thursday, a Georgia House subcommittee advanced a bill that would allow students who attend magnet schools to play sports at the public schools they are assigned to.
By Walter C. Jones

Houses passes bill changing age of kindergarten eligibility

ATLANTA - A bill to raise the age that children must reach before entering kindergarten in Georgia passed the state House but appears to face an uncertain future in the Senate.
By Bill Hendrick

Rezoning hold concerns property owners, developers

The sudden pause in rezoning has left residents and industry leaders questioning whether a ban is a way to keep pace with developers and preserve the community’s high quality of life.
By Wesley Brown

Conservative group seeks to end death penalty

ATLANTA -- A representative of a national conservative group was at the Capitol Thursday calling for the end of the death penalty.
By Walter C. Jones

Bad roads cost Georgians, group says

ATLANTA -- Georgia drivers pay an extra $7.9 billion yearly for the problems with roads and bridges across the state, according to a report released Wednesday by transportation advocates.
By Walter C. Jones

Lawmakers challenge history teaching

ATLANTA -- Members of the House and Senate education committees took turns Wednesday criticizing an executive from the College Board for having a liberal slant on guidelines it publishes for ...
By Walter C. Jones

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

SC touts unclaimed property

COLUMBIA - South Carolinians have more than $462 million in unclaimed property, and State Treasurer Curtis Loftis wants everyone to know about it.

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

Rain charge held for more discussion

A new stormwater fee and a personal travel policy will get a little more thought after the Augusta Commission referred both back to commission committees Tuesday.
By Susan McCord

Columbia County puts halt on dense residential rezonings

Columbia County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to halt certain types of dense developments for six months while officials consider revisions to zoning ordinances.
By Steve Crawford

New 'failing' school legislation draws RCBOE scrutiny

Richmond County School Superintendent Angela Pringle and school board members voiced concern for Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s new “school opportunity zone” legislation Tuesday, with some saying ...
By Sean Gruber

Suspension bill sparks discussion

ATLANTA - Rep. Wayne Howard might have scored a policy victory even though the bill he authored never got a vote in a House subcommittee Tuesday.
By Walter C. Jones

S.C. Air National Guard will conduct exercises Wednesday in area counties

The South Carolina Air National Guard is conducting air defense exercises Wednesday near Greenwood, McCormick and Newberry counties.
By Doug Stutsman

Bill to legalize fireworks opposed

ATLANTA -- A pair of bills to legalize the sale of fireworks in Georgia ran afoul of critics Tuesday from medical and fire-safety groups, but the sponsors agreed to combine them and move forward.
By Walter C. Jones

MCG students, faculty at Capitol

ATLANTA -- Administrators, faculty and more than 30 students from the Medical College of Georgia's campuses around the state spent the day Tuesday rubbing elbows with legislators.
By Walter C. Jones

Mayor schedules 'office hours'

Mayor Hardie Davis' second "Office Hours" event outside city hall will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 pm. Thursday at Jason's Deli, 2907 Washington Road.

Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

Rain fee needs more public input: commissioners

While it remains on Tuesday's meeting agenda, Augusta commissioners say they plan to delay implementation of a new stormwater fee.
By Susan McCord

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015

Georgia justice reforms working, report says

ATLANTA -- Justice reforms put into place in recent years are paying dividends for taxpayers and offenders, according to the state's progress report.
By Walter C. Jones

'Biosimilar' drug bill clears Senate panel

ATLANTA -- Kerry Tucker came to the state Capitol to testify for a bill that would make it easier for patients like her to get a cheaper medication that's similar to a biologic drug they are ...
By Andy Miller
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