Rep. Brett Harrell

Georgia GOP lawmaker makes budget argument to abolish death penalty

BY: - August 14, 2020

A Georgia Republican says he thinks the state House of Representatives is just a dozen votes shy of advancing a bill that would abolish the death penalty. Rep. Brett Harrell of Snellville said Thursday that he thinks highlighting the cost of capital punishment may help win over the support needed, at least in the one […]

Ga. senators OK tax on vape products, raise cigarette purchase age to 21

BY: - June 26, 2020

Vape devices should soon become harder for Georgia teens to get their hands on. The Georgia Senate Friday voted to impose a tax of up to 7% on vaping products and raise the age to buy both the nicotine delivery devices and tobacco to 21 from 18. The new tax could bring in as much […]

Ga. House gives speedy OK for income tax cut despite cautions

BY: - March 10, 2020

Legislation that would dramatically alter the state’s personal income tax rate narrowly cleared the House after quickly gaining momentum this week. At the heart of the proposal is a plan to shift the state away from its current graduated six-bracket system that increases the tax rate as a person’s income grows and replace it with […]

Ga. House budget trims teacher pay hike, Speaker wants income tax cut

BY: - March 10, 2020

Lawmakers are undoing some of the governor’s plan to trim spending in next year’s state budget – especially where he tried to make room for the rest of a promised $5,000 teacher pay raise – and now competing tax and spending priorities grab the spotlight at the Gold Dome. House lawmakers said Monday they favor […]

Lawmakers now challenged to budget money for teachers, income tax cuts

BY: and - January 17, 2020

Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposed spending plan for next year includes some universally popular items – such as another pay raise for public school teachers – but it must contend now with competing priorities and lawmakers’ concerns about budget cuts. The governor released next year’s budget – a record $28.1 billion budget – for next year […]

Atlanta Motor Speedway among those pitching gambling to lawmakers

BY: - October 16, 2019

Casino promoters and Georgia business boosters pushing the state to expand legalized gambling — including the Atlanta Motor Speedway president — lined up in a meeting room across from the Capitol Tuesday to sell state lawmakers on plans to allow new games of chance inside state borders. The Hampton venue that’s hosted NASCAR races and […]

Will Ga. House bet on expanding gambling to casinos, horse racing?

BY: - October 15, 2019

State Rep. Ron Stephens, a Republican from Savannah, says this will be the year legalized gambling in Georgia takes a great leap forward – or bites the dust for good. Stephens and other state lawmakers are hoping to put the question to Georgia’s voters and let them decide whether to permit casinos, horse racing and […]