On Feb. 5, when the south Georgia contest to replace John Bulloch is completed, Republicans will have 38 members in a 56-member state Senate.
That will give the GOP a super-majority of two-thirds. Which means Democrats will be a super-minority.
Nonetheless, Senate Democrats this morning intend to push out their agenda for this year’s legislative session. Much of it is blue-skying, but here’s a quick rundown of the new legislation they’ll attempt:
– A bill to eliminate all distinctions between the Zell Miller scholarship and other HOPE grants, and to require colleges universities and tech schools to accept HOPE payments as full tuition. Sponsor: Curt Thompson of Tucker;
– A bill to reduce GPA requirement for HOPE grants to 2.0. Sponsor: Jason Carter of Decatur;
– A prohibition on the use of handheld devices while driving. Horacena Tate of Atlanta;
– Repeal of the “fetal pain” bill that the Legislature passed last year, reducing the period during which a woman can seek an