The Georgia State Patrol and your insurance company may frown upon drinking and driving.
State Sen. Mitch Seabaugh was asked about this Thursday in the House Judiciary Committee and he said that, yes, licensed carriers will be able to drink a bar while carrying a gun, if the owner has OK’d carrying in the bar.
He said Georgia doesn’t have a blanket prohibition against drinking and carrying and “We’ve not had issues with that.”
But in case you’re worried that someone who’s just downed six margaritas will take permanent issue with the fact that you’ve dipped your chip in the wrong salsa bowl, Fain adds this:
There is, though, a blanket prohibition against firing a gun while drinking in Georgia.
A House vote on the bill could come today.
The Association County Commissioners of Georgia usually holds its annual convention after lawmakers in Atlanta have gone home.
But when the Legislature extended its stay, the ACCG couldn’t very well cancel its reservations in Savannah. So Georgia’s county commissioners got their first extended analysis of HB 277, the new measure that encourages various regions of the state to levy an extra sales for transportation.
Many of them were not impressed. In fact, there was a certain eagerness to shoot the messenger, said Matt Hicks, who handles economic development and transportation issues for the ACCG.
Objections from county commissioners are four in number, said Hicks:
– Too much authority is given the director of planning for the state Department of Transportation, a position that reports directly to the governor;
– The sales tax vote, scheduled for July 2012, would compete with 124 referendums for other sales taxes scheduled to expire that year, including the city of Atlanta’s tax for overhauling its sewage system.
– The planning councils selecting regional projects would exacerbate tensions between rural and urban areas.
– The “incentives” for cooperation look more like punishment for non-cooperation. Counties that fail to schedule a 2012 vote on a sales tax will be required to pony up 50 percent matching funds if they want state cash for transit projects.
Counties that schedule a vote, but whose electorate declines to pass the measure, would face a 30 percent match for state road funds.
Counties that schedule a vote, and pass it, will be required to put up only 10 percent in matching funds.
State Sen. Judson Hill of Marietta has had a complaint filed against him before the State Ethics Commission, asking the panel to investigate a series of loans between the candidate and his campaign fund.
Click here to read the complaint, filed under the name of Marietta attorney Ronnie Knighton.
Hill is in a fierce GOP primary with Lynda Coker, chief deputy with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Department. Do not pretend that those two facts are unconnected.
Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson drew several hundred supporters to a short rally after qualifying to run for a second term on Monday. He emphasized his good health, and brandished an endorsement from former governor and U.S. senator Zell Miller.
Democrat R.J. Hadley also qualified in the Senate race, with state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond to come.
When you’re annoyed that journalists are spending too much time pondering over whether an upstart state lawmaker might run against an incumbent Republican lieutenant governor, what can you do?
You have a splashy qualifying event, of course. But you also release a list of 600 current and former local public officials who support your candidacy – including 70 of the state’s 159 sheriffs.
State Sen. Seth Harp (R-Midway) announced this morning that he’ll have two GOP stalwarts backing his bid for state insurance commissioner – Nancy Coverdell, widow of the former U.S. senator, and former GOP nominee for governor Howard “Bo” Callaway. They’ll act as co-chairs.
And yes, that’s the name of ousted Clayton County sheriff Victor Hill on the secretary of state’s list of candidates qualifying for state Senate races.
Hill has decided he needs a promotion, and will challenge Democratic incumbent Valencia Seay of Riverdale for her District 34 seat. Seay has been out much of the current session due to health issues.
Today’s Washington Post has a profile of Nick Ayers, once the teenage chauffeur for Republican candidate for governor Sonny Perdue. Ayers is now head of the Republican Governors Association:
Since taking the helm in January 2007, Ayers has transformed the creaky committee into a tight ship that has attracted Republican money bundlers disillusioned with Michael Steele’s Republican National Committee and its spending sprees.
On a Wednesday afternoon, Ayers, wearing a blue pinstripe suit, chunky silver watch and the blond hair of a barbershop’s model book, bounds around the second-floor office. He shows off camouflage-and-shotgun pictures of himself and Barbour standing over a dead quail, or of himself and Perdue crouching over dead turkeys.
He avoids his polished desk, saying he can’t sit still for too long, and steps over to the overlapping whiteboards on the wall where he drafts policy and talking points for his candidates, keeps track of their finances and lists his core principles (”No Drama,” “We Are All Fundraisers”). Outside his office, he eagerly talks up his communications team, his new-media geeks and the guy who just sold an iPhone app. Almost everyone looks young enough to be carded.
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