Georgia lawmakers already filing bills for next year

Legislation has already started flowing in the state Capitol, weeks before the Georgia Legislature is set to convene.

By late Monday afternoon, state lawmakers had filed 24 bills and eight constitutional amendments with the House clerk’s office.

Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, filed legislation that would allow DeKalb County voters to decide how many people serve on their school board, five, seven or the current size of nine. If the bill passes, a ballot issue would be put before the voters in the November 2011 general election. Oliver said her legislation is aimed at creating a more effective school board that could better work with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and maintain is accreditation.

Oliver also filed a bill that would require state officials to develop regulations for the use of psychotropic drugs for foster children.

Also, Rep. Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, filed legislation Monday that would adopt certain federal rules of evidence, which spell out how people can testify and what documents are admissible in court. That bill passed the House last year but didn’t make it out of the Senate.

Most of the legislation filed Monday is from Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Marietta. His bills would, among other things, make abortion illegal, eliminate the state income tax and prevent the state from requiring driver’s licenses. He also introduced constitutional amendments that would end property taxes and strip the Board of Regents of its power to manage the budgets of state colleges and universities.

Monday was the first day lawmakers could start filing bills before the Jan. 10 legislative session. No legislation had been filed in the Secretary of the Senate office by late Monday afternoon.

– Jeremy Redmon and Aaron Gould Sheinin, Georgia Elections Central blog

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November 15th, 2010
6:08 pm

How does Franklin keep getting elected? He is way out there.


November 15th, 2010
6:32 pm

Bobby Franklin is typical, I suppose. Clueless, well-meaning, loony.


November 15th, 2010
6:51 pm

Franklin engineered the flag compromise. Remember?


November 15th, 2010
8:19 pm

It would be of the greatest service of the elected members of the State House and Senate to create a law that adopts a DOE cirriculum for elementary schools that requires teachers to adhere to and accomplish benchmarks for each grade level. The teachers have no idea what to do at the start of each school year and the teachers in the next grade level are never satisfied with the knowledge their students have coming into their class. The K class is to know the first 100 Fry Words. They have 35 weeks to teach them. They become the parents responsibility where I live. The problem I see is that the parents are not made aware they even exist until week 11. My fourth grade child’s teachers had no idea what teacher was to teach what subject or what the rotation schedule from class to class was until week 3 at the beginning of this year. Then his home room teacher changed schools at the end of week one and he was to have a new teacher. Schools in this state are confused and the legislation bowing to the pressure of the teacher vote and the Jeff Hubbard effect has to come to an end. Teachers are overpaid, arrogant, igggggggnorant and lack the knowledge to accomplish the job at hand. School boards are the end all and lack the fortitude to buck the good ole boy system. They are not there for the good of the students and also lack any understanding of how to accomplish the job at hand. It’s your money, use it when you need it??? The guy from J.G.Wentwoth may be on to something. Get out and vote and make sure your neighbors do too. Otherwise you may wind up with a loon representing you!!!


November 15th, 2010
8:27 pm

Bobby Franklin probably has his mouth to Nathan Deal’s ear (among other things)


November 15th, 2010
8:36 pm

@slob what do you expect?If the payday don’t come before winter break some will not have xmas.


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November 15th, 2010
8:52 pm

Bobby, make y’all fine ass over to Chamblee for ‘dat body shampoo….xxxxoooo’s

dorothy stapen

November 15th, 2010
9:13 pm

Bobby Franklin is ahead of his time. I agree with most of what he proposes, however difficult the vested interests will make it for him. Bobby was TeaParty before it was cool.

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Nutty times

November 15th, 2010
11:27 pm

Is this the same Franklin who had roy barnes (yes! Roy Barnes) as his lawyer send the sec of state a demand letter that they’d better keep producing ego-enhancing certificates to signify his ( and ALL elected officials in the state) election??!!? What has become of the GOP??

And where’s the outrage w Perdue’s biz before the state??!? It’s the same thing Deal did.

Reagan is rolling over in his grave. ( and before posters start. I’m a longtime R !!! I’m just disgusted with what’s happened to my party and my state.

Bring back "Babe Alley" to the Georgia Capitol! (Unidentified State Representative)

November 16th, 2010
1:17 am

WHOA!!!!!!!! Bobby, you are THE LIFE OF THE PARTY!!!!!!! Party on dude! EXCELLENT!!!!!!

Fire Eater

November 16th, 2010
3:21 am

Where are the bills to drive illegal aliens out of Georgia? Where are the bill to outlaw ugly activities of the “New Americans”, i.e. voodoo, burkhas, sharia law and other un-Western practices?

Who is going to promote the bill to allow non-unanimous death penalty rulings in capital trials to prevent “certain groups” from saving killers from proper punishment?


November 16th, 2010
7:10 am

Georgia is a sick state.

Elena Fan

November 16th, 2010
7:29 am

What about Sunday sales? We have the right to vote.

about time

November 16th, 2010
8:26 am

Fire Eater – why is wearing a burkah an “ugly activity”? Why are you even concerned with what someone wears?

Road Scholar

November 16th, 2010
8:37 am

I predicted an abortion bill would be one of the first introduced! But Franklin forgot to submit a gun bill; he must be loosing his touch.

No other bills should be considered until the economy, jobs, transportation, water and education are corrected. NO tax cuts until they figure out the “right size” for government.

about time

November 16th, 2010
9:00 am

why would someone introduce a bill to make abortion illegal? I thought that had already been decided by the supreme court in Roe vs. Wade.


November 16th, 2010
9:32 am

Of course, there is nothing in there about jobs, the economy, ecucation, transportation, and water. The loonies are going to try to get some of their crazy pet legislation passed before they deal with what’s best for the people of this state.


November 16th, 2010
10:10 am

how about the people make a law that says quit making more laws to live under.Quit stepping on my freedoms!

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Karl Marx

November 16th, 2010
2:27 pm

Some of Franklins bill are to repeal state income tax, HB 13, Repeal the Nuclear Financing act commonally known as the Southern Company’s welfare act. HB16, Abolish the state toll authority HB18,

None of this has a snowballs chance in Hades of passing but it will be fun seeing who votes against those. Good Job Repersenative.

The Snark

November 16th, 2010
3:44 pm

Karl Marx: Nobody will be voting for or against those bills. They will never make it to the floor for a vote.


November 16th, 2010
3:47 pm

I would be ashamed to admit I was in Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Marietta’s district. Like there isn’t more important stuff to be done. This guy is a clown and a joke (as are the people who voted for him)

Richard Williams

November 16th, 2010
5:16 pm

How about outlawing the Democratic Party and making the Progressive nuts leave the State.


November 16th, 2010
5:25 pm

How about outlawing the ga 400 toll road and lexus lanes?


November 16th, 2010
7:24 pm

How about a Georgia Power SmartMeter Bill????????????????????

They installed one of these contraptions on my house months ago. Now it seems the liberal Obama lovers have learned how to hack into these things. Georgia Power is transmitting much more than my power electric usage. Obama is able to listen in on my phone calls and can trace my web browsing. It sometimes makes my pace maker go all wacky too. I imagine he can make that malfunction. Easily.

Folks, contact your lawmakers.




November 16th, 2010
9:21 pm

The Repubs say they are for individual freedom, but they will be passing a myriad of laws that infringe on our freedoms…freedoms that THEY don’t think we should have. What hypocrites.


November 17th, 2010
8:46 am

Franklin – and other posters on this board – don’t seem to understand that there is a difference between local control and a lack of control.


November 17th, 2010
1:05 pm

Bobby Franklin gets reelected because he has an R after his name on the ballot. Remember for most of the people in the Red State world the R after their name signifies the “second coming” of the political messiahs, even if they turn their cheeks on ethics rules, financial responsibility, or actually having any solutions to GA’s major issues: transportation, water, education, etc. The lemmings vote for the R’s because if one lemming does it all lemmings have to do it.


November 17th, 2010
1:05 pm

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Us vs Us

November 19th, 2010
11:25 am

@”Richard Williams – How about outlawing the Democratic Party and making the Progressive nuts leave the State.”

Thank you for your input from the “anti-US Constitution totalitarian dictatorship” end of the political spectrum.

I stick with the “let’s defend the rights of all Americans, by force when needed, against scumbags like Richard Williams” camp thank you very much.