Political Notes – Ralston’s off to Washington for infrastructure announcement

[private]House Speaker David Ralston was not in town for Monday’s session of the General Assembly – he was one of several state and local officials invited to Washington D.C. for the rollout of Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan.

“I appreciate President Trump’s emphasis on public-private partnerships, as well as rural areas of America, as we look to address the nation’s infrastructure needs,” Ralston said. “I am honored to represent the state of Georgia at this important announcement.”

In Ralston’s absence, Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones (R-Milton) presided over Monday’s session of the House.

McGowan won’t run again

Rep. Bill McGowan (D-Americus) announced last week he will step down after just one term in the Georgia House.

“Since the day I graduated from Georgia Southwestern with a major in political science, I have devoted a great deal of my life to political service,” said McGowana, a former mayor and tax commissioner. “But the time has come for me to pass the torch to the next generation of leaders in our community.”

Bardin Hooks, an Americus lawyer, will run for the seat. Hooks, 37, is a partner in the law firm of Arnold & Hooks, LLC. He is the son of George Hooks, a Democratic member of the House and Senate before retiring in 2012.

Senate passes computer hacking bill

The state Senate voted 41-11 Monday to pass SB 315, which would make it a misdemeanor offense to access a person’s computer without their permission.

Sen. Jen Jordan (D-Atlanta) objected that the bill was too broadly written and gave private companies the ability to determine what criminal behavior is, but her amendment was voted down, 33-20.

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