It is that time of the legilslative season when members of the Georgia General Assembly introduce legislation. There are many bills and resolutions being introduced – very few will make it out of committee and to the floor of the legislative bodies.
One bill that seems likely to pass would allow the spouse of a deceased state employee to continue state health insurance. The bill seems to be on the fast track to pass and has a very unlikely alliance behind it. Republican Governor Nathan Deal is supporting the legislation after he was contacted by former Democratic Governor Roy Barnes about the widow of the slain Georgia State Trooper, Chadwick LeCroy who was gunned down in the Atlanta metro area last year. According to CBS Atlanta, former Governor Barnes is representing the slain officer’s widow pro bono and contacted Governor Deal who along with House Speaker David Ralston agreed to push the legislation. Governor Sonny Perdue vetoed a similar bill that passed the House and Senate during his administration.
A bill that might not garner so much support is from Republican Representative Bobby Franklin from Marietta who has proposed doing away with drivers license in Georgia. The bill says, ""Free people have a common law and constitutional right to travel on the roads and highways that are provided by their government for that purpose. Licensing of drivers cannot be required of free people, because taking on the restrictions of a license requires the surrender of an inalienable right."
State Representative Barbara Massey Reece, a Democrat from Menlo, told AM 1180 on Tuesday that because there are so many bills that are introduced that never make it to the floor of the House it is hard to determine an opinion for every measure introduced. One resolution that Rep. Reece co-sponsored along with Rick Crawford, (D-Cedartown) and Rep. Katie Dempsey (R-Rome) honored the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce. That resolution has already been adopted by the House.