Political Notes – Monday is registration deadline for July 31 primary

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Today is the deadline for Georgians to register and still be eligible to vote in the July 31 primary elections.

In addition to choosing party nominees for elected offices at the state and local level, voters in both the Democratic and Republican primaries will decide the fate of the regional one-cent sales tax for transportation projects, the T-SPLOST.

The Republican and Democratic primary ballots will also include a non-binding referendum question to measure voter sentiment on whether the General Assembly should enact a law putting limits on what lobbyists can spend to entertain legislators.

Voter registration is conducted at the county level, according to a reminder from Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Georgia’s chief elections officer, and there are several ways to register:

  • Download, fill out, and mail a voter registration application.
  • Contact your local county board of registrars’ office or election office, public library, public assistance office, recruitment office, schools and other government offices for a mail-in registration form.
  • Register when you renew or apply for a driver’s license at a Department of Motor Vehicle Safety drivers license post.
  • College students can obtain Georgia voter registration forms from their school registrar’s office or from the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

DCH gets federal grants

The Department of Community Health (DCH) has received a $57 million federal grant – as part of the Balancing Incentives Program (BIP) — to improve access to home- and community-based long-term care services and supports (LTSS).

“We are extremely pleased to receive this grant funding to create easier access to home- and community-based living arrangements for some of our most vulnerable populations,” DCH Commissioner David Cook said.

“It will mean an additional 2 percent in annual federal matching funds to create easier access to long-term care services for people served through our waivers and to add slots for home- and community-based care settings,” he added.

The money will be used to expand long-term care services through these initiatives:

  • Expanding the number of slots in Georgia’s five 1915(c) Medicaid Waiver Programs.
  • Funding three new community‐based services for Medicaid recipients with serious and persistent behavioral health needs. The services have been proposed through State Plan Amendment.
  • Adopting Georgia’s 12 Aging and Disability Resource Centers as the primary point of entry for home and community services.
  • Providing online training on community-based long-term care services.

CBS locates IT center in Sandy Springs

Media giant CBS Corp. said Friday it will locate an information technology and software services center in Sandy Springs that could employ as many as 101 people to provide IT support for CBS entities.

“CBS Corporation is one of the most recognizable names in media and entertainment, so we are indeed glad to see the company put down more roots in Georgia, and create a significant amount of IT jobs,” Gov. Nathan Deal said.

HR functions move to DOAS

With the start of a new fiscal year, the State Personnel Administration has been abolished as an state government agency. This is one of several structural changes in administrative agencies proposed last winter by Gov. Nathan Deal and subsequently made part of legislation adopted by the General Assembly.

Some of state government’s human resources functions have been transferred to a new division within the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) that is called the Human Resources Administration (HRA) division.

The HRA division of DOAS will continue to manage services for state employees that include Flexible Benefits (GaBreeze), performance management and the ePerformance tool, the state charitable contributions program and “Faithful Service” awards. The State Personnel Board and Employee Benefits Plan Council will continue to function under the new administrative structure.

Another change in state government: the Georgia Aviation Authority, which was created just three years ago at the urging of then-governor Sonny Perdue, is abolished as of July 1.

Personnel notes

U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) has appointed Meg Taylor as the director of new media for his congressional offices. She had been the digital media coordinator for Rep. Scott Rigell, a Virginia Republican. Price recently announced the hiring of Ellen Carmichael, a former Herman Cain aide, as press secretary.

© 2012 by The Georgia Report

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