Political Notes – Senate takes a kick at NFL over anthem issue

[private]The state Senate injected itself into the controversy over professional football players kneeling for the national anthem, adopting a resolution “denouncing” the NFL for allowing this to happen.

SR 673 alleges that the NFL “has disregarded its own operating procedures by allowing, and in some cases condoning, shows of disrespect and contempt for the unifying national symbol of the United States of America.”

The resolution was adopted without debate or even a formal vote on Thursday under procedures used by the Senate leadership.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle called up the measure as a “privileged resolution” and asked if anyone objected to its passage. When no senator verbally objected, Cagle declared that the measure had been adopted – thus, there was no recorded vote.

The resolution is merely a symbolic measure without the force of law, but it is a slap at Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and the NFL just one year before Atlanta is scheduled to host the Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

SR 673 is also seen as an attempt to boost GOP voter turnout in an election year – the resolution was introduced by Sen. David Shafer (R-Duluth), a candidate for lieutenant governor.

“Week after week, the NFL allowed its players to disrespect our veterans,” Shafer said. “It is time they showed respect for the flag, our fallen, and all those served on the front line of freedom.”

Bottoms is in the House

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms made her first visit to the House of Representatives Thursday, where she received a relatively warm welcome from the members.

Bottoms presented Speaker David Ralston with two CDs containing songs performed by her father, R&B artist Major Lance.

She also reminded House members that Atlanta’s Hartsfield airport had just been designated as “busiest and most efficiently run airport” for the 14th straight year. Just in case any of them were thinking about voting for a bill to create a state-run authority for the airport.

Internet tax bill moves

Rep. Jay Powell’s bill that would require sales taxes to be paid all internet purchases, HB 61, is slowly making its way through the legislature.

The Senate Finance Committee gave its approval this week to the bill, which would affect online retailers who make at least $250,000 or 200 sales a year in Georgia. The bill easily passed the House last year.

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