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Bill That Would Allow Electronic Proof of Auto Insurance Heads to Governor's Desk

Bill That Would Allow Electronic Proof of Auto Insurance Heads to Governor's Desk

The State Senate passed House Bill 254 unanimously, allowing drivers to show proof of insurance with either paper or electronic format.

“This is a simple and easy solution for insurance companies moving towards new-aged technologies,” said Sen. Burt Jones, (R-Jackson) carrier of HB 254 in the Senate.  “House Bill 254 also protects forgetful drivers who may have left their wallets at home, but have their phone with them and can now show proof of insurance.”

HB 254 lists acceptable electronic formats include a display of electronic images on a mobile electronic device such as a smart phone or tablet.  HB 254 now heads to the Governor’s desk for his approval to become law.  

High Profile Bills Pass on 'Crossover Day' in Ga Legislature

Georgia lawmakers closed "Crossover Day" with the passage of several high profile bills Thursday.

Senate voted to ban Georgia law enforcement agencies from setting minimum waiting periods before they act on a reported missing persons case. That's Senate Bill 13. It will now go to the house.

Lawmakers in the House approved a plan to lower grade requirements for those seeking HOPE grants to attend the state's technical colleges. They voted 169 to 1 to send it to the Senate. 

The bill would return the qualifying grade point average to 2.0.

Reps. Bishop and Scott React to State of the Union

Two Congressmen who represent Central Georgia responded Tuesday night to the President's State of the Union Address with fundamentally different views on how effective the Commander in Chief was.

Republican U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, District 8, said he was disappointed in what he called a lack of specifics.

"We didn't get to hear more about his specific plans to undo the sequester that he signed," Congressman Scott said. "That is going to have such a devastating effect on our military," he added, referring to the string of cuts that would hit the Pentagon's budget March 1, if Congress doesn't intervene.

He also felt President Obama missed an opportunity to heal wounds from the weeks-long fiscal cliff standoff.

State Senator David Lucas Sworn into Office

 

State Senator David Lucas (D-Macon) was officially sworn into office to represent the 26th District yesterday at the state Capitol.  Sen. Lucas will serve Hancock, Twiggs, Washington and Wilkinson counties along with portions of Bibb, Houston and Jones counties.

“It is an honor to once again be at the State Capitol serving the people of Central Georgia,” said Sen. Lucas.  “I am excited to be back under the Gold Dome and look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to pass smart and meaningful legislation this session.”

Prior to being elected to the Senate, Sen. Lucas served in the Georgia State House of Representatives from 1974 to 2011.  While in the House, Sen. Lucas sponsored legislation allowing for the first African-Americans to serve on City Council (HB 1024), as County Commissioner (HB 985) and on the Industrial Authority (HB 533).

Congressman Broun Opens Door to Hear Constituents

Congressman Broun Opens Door to Hear Constituents

Congressman Broun has planned Constituent Service Days in thirteen counties.

Field representatives will be at each meeting to answer questions.

See when the meeting will be held in your area:

  • Tuesday, January 22:

Hancock County Courthouse, Roosevelt Warren Room
12630 Broad Street
Sparta, GA 31087
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Friday, January 25

​Powell Building @ Central State Hospital
620 Broad Street, Suite 401-C
Milledgeville, GA 31062
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Lucas Completes Political Comeback

Veteran state lawmaker David Lucas successfully completes his quest to regain a seat in the Georgia General Assembly.

Lucas, a Macon Democrat, defeated Republican Bobby Gale of Irwinton in Tuesdays general election to capture the District 26 state Senate seat. Lucas polled 42,627 votes to 19,792 for Gale.
That's 68 percent to 32 percent.

District 26 includes parts or all of Bibb, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Washington, Jones, Hancock and Houston counties.

Lucas won the Democratic nomination by defeating incumbent Miriam Paris and Irving Martinez in the July primary election. Gale was unopposed in the Republican primary.

With Tuesday's victory, Lucas returns to the General Assembly, where he served in the House of Representatives for 34 years.

He resigned his House seat in June 2011 to seek the District 26 seat which became vacant when the late Sen. Robert Brown resigned the position to run for Macon mayor.

Washington Co. Majority Vote for Obama

Washington Co. Majority Vote for Obama

Fifty-three percent of Washington County voted for Barack Obama in the presidential race.

Forty-six percent of the Washington County vote went to Mitt Romney.

That was 4,033 votes for Romney, and 4,705 votes for Obama. 

One percent, 58 votes, of Laurens Countian voters selected the third party candidate Gary Johnson on their ballots.

Nationwide, Mitt Romney had 2,054,373 votes, but 206 electoral votes. Obama won the reelection wtih 303 electoral votes.

See full election results on 13WMAZ.com