Political Notes — Former Supreme Court justice will hear Copart tax case

Leah Ward Sears, formerly chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, will preside over a tax dispute involving a company that had business dealings with Gov. Nathan Deal . . .

Tags: Copart tax dispute , Leah Ward Sears , Nathan Deal , optometrist injections , video game tax credits

Senate District 32 race draws 8 candidates

There are eight candidates qualifying for the special election to replace Judson Hill in the Georgia Senate . . .

Tags: State Senate special election

Senate ‘backs the badge’ with four law enforcement bills

Senators passed four bills that are intended to show the chamber’s support for the state’s law enforcement community . . .

Tags: Casey Cagle , law enforcement officers , Tyler Harper

Senate passes ‘surprise billing’ measure

The Senate approves legislation intended to minimize “surprise billing” of hospital patients . . .

Tags: Renee Unterman , surprise billing

Isakson recovering from back surgery

Sen. Johnny Isakson, already suffering from Parkinson’s disease, undergoes back surgery at an Atlanta hospital . . .

Tags: Johnny Isakson

House passes bill to regulate fracking in Georgia

House bill would set up a new state board to issue permits and regulate fracking activities for withdrawing natural gas . . .

Tags: election law , fracking , governor's salary , John Meadows , Stacey Abrams

House moves to quash ‘sanctuary campuses’

House passes bill that would cut off state funding to private colleges that become “sanctuary campuses” . . .

Tags: Earl Ehrhart , sanctuary campuses , Stacey Evans , undocumented students

House preempts local governments on ‘predictive scheduling’

House Republicans pass a bill that would prohibit predictive scheduling ordinances by local governments . . .

Tags: local control , predictive scheduling , transit committee

Political Notes – Religious freedom issue resurfaces

More than halfway through the session, the first “religious freedom” bill is introduced . . .

Tags: John Albers , John Meadows , Marty Harbin , optometrists , religious freedom

PSC approves latest Vogtle spending, won’t talk about Toshiba troubles

The PSC approves the latest round of construction spending Plant Vogtle nuclear reactors, but refuses to even mention the financial meltdown of the project’s primary contractor . . .

Tags: Georgia Power , Plant Vogtle nuclear reactors , PSC , Stan Wise , Tim Echols , Toshiba financial problems , Westinghouse