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DOWNTOWN | Senate tables charter schools measure

DOWNTOWN | Senate tables charter schools measure

ATLANTA -- The Senate has delayed a vote on a constitutional amendment to allow the state to create charter schools.

After two hours of debate Wednesday, the Senate tabled the measure. It can be brought up for a vote during any regular session of the Senate.

The legislation must pass with a two-thirds majority, or 38 yes votes.

The legislation would clarify state law after a May ruling from the state Supreme Court outlawed the Georgia Charter Schools Commission. The court ruled the commission was illegally creating charter schools over the objection of districts.

Supporters of charter schools say the court's decision was overreaching. Opponents say the state should not pass laws that would usurp local control over education.

Bill would bar illegal immigrants from colleges

Bill would bar illegal immigrants from colleges

ATLANTA -- A Georgia state Senate committee has passed a bill that would bar illegal immigrants from state colleges and universities and also would tweak some existing state laws having to do with illegal immigration.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday heard testimony from both supporters and opponents of the bill. The part of the bill that got the most discussion in the committee was the part having to do with higher education.

A House committee last month held a hearing on another bill that would prohibit illegal immigrants from attending state colleges and universities but has yet to vote on it.

The bill also adjusts some identification requirements for applicants for public benefits laid out in last year's tough law targeting illegal immigration, making some requirements stricter and loosening others.

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

ATLANTA -- Georgia's military and overseas citizens will be able to participate in the state's upcoming presidential primary by e-vote starting later this month.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said those voters can access their absentee ballots electronically starting Jan. 21 for the Mar. 6 election.

Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth will conduct a joint outreach and education effort to promote voting opportunities for military personnel and their families.

Go here for more information: www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.

What will a penny sales tax for education buy?

What will a penny sales tax for education buy?

ATLANTA -- Voters in two cities and six counties in Metro Atlanta will decide Tuesday whether to renew a one-cent sales tax for school construction.

The education SPLOST is a one-cent special purpose local option sales tax that was first approved by voters in Atlanta, Decatur and Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cherokee, Douglas and Henry counties in 1997.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters will be asked to continue that tax with SPLOST IV.

In DeKalb County, the renewal of ESPLOST would generate $475 million for dozens of capital projects, including new buildings, new roofs, air-conditioning systems, even smart boards in every classroom.

City dedicated park to civil and labor rights leader, Rev. James Orange

City dedicated park to civil and labor rights leader, Rev. James Orange

“Hey Leader!,” was his common greeting to all he met; a call to action of sorts; but to a countless mass, the Rev. James Orange, with unwavering dedication to civil and labor rights was the leader himself; a "towering" example of nonviolent activism.

A close aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whom he was hired by as the first full-time SCLC field organizer, Orange was honored Sat. Oct. 29 in Atlanta, during a dedication ceremony, where Oakland City Park was renamed, “Rev. James Orange Park.” Apparently a street or station renaming could not serve adequate honor for the individual held responsible for much of the modern civil and labor rights movement, countless marches, and more than 30 years fighting for worker justice as an AFL-CIO organizer- “The James Orange Commission with strong backing from Councilman C.T. Martin and through feedback received from community forums, determined that dedicating the park to Rev.

Hip-Hop Day: music icons, Afrika Bambaataa, community spirit, FREE entertainment Oct 22 & 23

Hip-Hop Day: music icons, Afrika Bambaataa, community spirit, FREE entertainment Oct 22 & 23

Atlanta’s first Hip-Hop Day, a free two-day family festival, honoring Hip-Hop, its legacy and awareness of key community issues, is set to take place Sat. Oct. 22 & Sun. Oct. 23. at Woodruff Park, in the heart of downtown Atlanta.

The city-permitted festival, which has partnered with various groups including  S.C.L.C.; and several national and local artists, will be filled with activities, music, food, voter registration drives, live entertainment, and special performances.