OPINION: Marc Hyden talks about HB 440. If passed, Georgia officials would no longer place 17-year-olds in the adult justice system wholesale. Rather, they would only treat youths as adults in cases involving particularly heinous circumstances. In most scenarios, then, 17-year-olds would enter the juvenile system, where they would still pay for their crimes but also receive the care that they need to grow into law-abiding adults.
OPINION: Ken Herron discusses Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's views on private prisons, healthcare, the economy, housing, and more.
OPINION: Jessica Szilagyi opines the issue of Speaker David Ralston and his alleged abuse of a state law that allows him to continue legal cases for legislative duties. In her column, she discusses why the Georgia House has earned the leadership of Ralston.
"When borrowers’ occupational licenses are suspended, they are prohibited from working in their professions. Without a job, it can be nearly impossible to satisfy one’s loan obligations. Thus, rather than helping borrowers repay their loans, the policy makes it more difficult for them to do so."
"One of the places we see a lack of integrity is in our political candidates. We hope that any candidate that we support is a man or woman of integrity. A person of integrity will not use deception in order to be elected to an office."
OPINION: I am certain that working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will produce impactful and sound legislation.
OPINION: "We have zero tariffs on 61 percent of the total value of our imports, more than 17,000 product types. On thousands of additional products, our tariffs are lower than the tariffs other countries impose."
Senator Jeff Mullis and his pals want to make Georgia a 2-party consent state, which would meddle in the private conversations of individuals and limit a tool the media has used to shed light on poor behavior of elected officials for decades.
"Despite our day off on Tuesday in anticipation of inclement weather, we had a productive week of committee meetings here at the Capitol. I introduced two bills this week: Senate Bill 37 and Senate Bill 38. These bills provide clarity for certain legal processes by addressing procedure and unnecessary red tape."
OPINION: "President Trump has agreed to a three week period to open the government and pay the workers that were on furlough. The story is not over. If the Democrats do not bargain in good faith the President must declare a National Emergency and build the partition with other funds if he expects to be reelected in 2020."