The Union Recorder

Local News

April 4, 2013

State legislative session wrap-up

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Georgia 2013 Session of the Legislature ended March 28, 2013 at 11:50 p.m. The following is a brief summary from State Representative Rusty Kidd of some of the major issues that were acted on by the House this session.

Appropriations & Fiscal Affairs

HB 105 (Supplemental Appropriations): The Amended Fiscal Year 2013 budget totals $19.3 billion in state funds and provides for a Mid-year adjustment for Education of $172.7 million. The revenue estimate for this cycle has been reduced by $26.3 million in state funds to reflect an estimated 3.9% growth in revenues for the year ending June 30, 2013. Several cuts, including ones to school nutrition programs and medical education, were restored. Status: Signed by the Governor on March 27.

HB 106 (FY 2014 Budget): The Fiscal Year 2014 budget appropriates $19.8 billion in state funds. The budget fully funds Quality Basic Education for the first time and restores the sparsity grants for education. It also funds elder protective services and child protective services at higher levels than originally proposed in the Governor's budget. However, it fails to address the continued $1 billion deficit in education funding that has led to more than 60 percent of classrooms having shortened school days and years and over-sized classes. It also continues to increase the employee share of healthcare costs, while failing to authorize a cost-of-living adjustment for the 5th consecutive year. The conference committee approved additional funding for several colleges and universities, as well as funding for Grady Hospital and the Morehouse School of Medicine. Status: Awaiting signature of the Governor.

   

HR 107 (Joint Study Committee on Medicaid Reform):  Creates a joint 18-member study committee for the purposes of evaluating the state's Medicaid program, examining other states' best practices and planning for future actions necessary to sustain appropriate levels of services and funding. Status: Awaiting signature from the Governor.

 

SB 24 (Hospital Medicaid Financing Program Act): Provides the Board of Community Health the authority to set the rate, to assess and to collect a “provider payment” from hospitals. The funds will be kept in an account separate from the General Fund and may only be used to qualify for federal Medicaid financial assistance. While the General Assembly retains appropriation authority over the provider payment account, any appropriations are limited to use for federal Medicaid financial assistance. The Board’s authority sunsets on June 30, 2017. The authority also ends if the federal Medicaid financial assistance is no longer available, or the Department of Community Health reduces Medicaid payments to hospitals.  Status: Signed by Governor on Feb 13.

Text Only
Local News
  • web break-1.jpg California-based manufacturer bringing 80 jobs to Eatonton

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday that Aalto Scientific, a leading manufacturer in the medical diagnostics industry, will create 80 jobs and invest $9 million into a new manufacturing facility in Eatonton.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • What we're covering.jpg What we're covering, Thursday, April 24

    Here’s a closer look at what we’re covering today:

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 04-24 EAgle Ridge File 2.JPG Eagle Ridge Elementary celebrates 10 years

    Eagle Ridge Elementary School is approaching a special historical milestone. April 26, the school will celebrate its 10th anniversary.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 04-25 Chaplinwood fishing 3.jpg Chaplinwood fishes in the sunshine

    Chaplinwood Health & Rehabilitation residents enjoyed the beautiful weather while fishing and having a picnic lunch at Walter B. William's pond Thursday.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • web break-1.jpg Need a Nerd expanding on North Wayne

    Need a Nerd, the Milledgeville based computer and cellphone repair company, is all set to expand its business to a One Stop Tech Shop that will include cell phone and computer repairs, web design, web development, computer training and additional retail offerings.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • web break-1.jpg Animal recovering from neglect

    Malcolm Hughes, 55, charged with two counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals Tuesday is currently being held at the Baldwin County jail, according to Lt. Lee Williamson of the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • web break-1.jpg Georgia College releases State of the State Poll

    The Georgia College Department of Government and Sociology has released the first edition of Georgia’s State of the State Poll.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • web break-1.jpg City, county joint meeting today on 911

    Milledgeville City Council and Baldwin County Commission will hold a joint meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at Allen’s Market, 101 W. McIntosh St.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • web break-1.jpg Gov. approves GMC four-year degree program

    Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation Tuesday authorizing Georgia Military College, a junior college, to offer a four-year degree program at select campuses across the state.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo 2 Stories

  • Morning update NEW.jpg Morning Update, Thursday, April 24

    Good morning. Here’s a look at what’s happening today.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

Poll
AP Video
Raw: Obama Tours Gyeongbok Palace Swimmer Michael Phelps Back in Competition Raw: Obama Lays Korean War Memorial Wreath Obama Leads Naturalization Ceremony in Seoul Calif. School Bus Crash Hurts Driver, 11 Kids Country Club for Exotic Cars Little Science Behind 'Pollen Vortex' Prediction US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks
NDN Video
Grumpy Cat Not Impressed at "Idol" Is Shaquille O'Neal the World's Best Ex-Athlete? Raw: Obama Plays Soccer With Japanese Robot Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 2 BASE Jumpers Set World Record Screaming 2-year-old gets psyched at Penguins game Pineda: Put pine tar because he didn't want to hit anyone Beyonce on Her Biggest Influence Michael Strahan's First Day on "GMA" Clerk catches on fire after man throws Molotov Cocktail into Brooklyn store Amazon's Deal With HBO Leapfrogs Streaming Rivals Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman His Plan for 'Late Show' Georgetown police officer filmed tripping students Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Recycling Highlights for Earth Day Lupita Nyong'o Named People's 'Most Beautiful' Peeps Launched into Outer Space NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires New HBO Go Commercials Capture Awkward Family TV Watching Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India