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Bringing reform to juvenile justice

HB 242 enacted many of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgia's recommendations. HB 242 is similar in nature to HB 1176 which addressed the adult criminal justice reform in the previous legislative session.

October 07, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Bringing reform to juvenile justice

HB 242 enacted many of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgia's recommendations. HB 242 is similar in nature to HB 1176 which addressed the adult criminal justice reform in the previous legislative session.

October 07, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Bringing reform to juvenile justice

HB 242 enacted many of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgia's recommendations. HB 242 is similar in nature to HB 1176 which addressed the adult criminal justice reform in the previous legislative session.

October 07, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Bringing reform to juvenile justice

HB 242 enacted many of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgia's recommendations. HB 242 is similar in nature to HB 1176 which addressed the adult criminal justice reform in the previous legislative session.

October 07, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Bringing reform to juvenile justice

HB 242 enacted many of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgia's recommendations. HB 242 is similar in nature to HB 1176 which addressed the adult criminal justice reform in the previous legislative session.

October 07, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Bringing reform to juvenile justice

HB 242 enacted many of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgia's recommendations. HB 242 is similar in nature to HB 1176 which addressed the adult criminal justice reform in the previous legislative session.

October 07, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Bringing reform to juvenile justice

HB 242 enacted many of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgia's recommendations. HB 242 is similar in nature to HB 1176 which addressed the adult criminal justice reform in the previous legislative session.

October 07, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Bringing reform to juvenile justice

HB 242 enacted many of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgia's recommendations. HB 242 is similar in nature to HB 1176 which addressed the adult criminal justice reform in the previous legislative session.

October 07, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Bringing reform to juvenile justice

HB 242 enacted many of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgia's recommendations. HB 242 is similar in nature to HB 1176 which addressed the adult criminal justice reform in the previous legislative session.

October 07, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Bringing reform to juvenile justice

HB 242 enacted many of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgia's recommendations. HB 242 is similar in nature to HB 1176 which addressed the adult criminal justice reform in the previous legislative session.

October 07, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Bringing reform to juvenile justice

HB 242 enacted many of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgia's recommendations. HB 242 is similar in nature to HB 1176 which addressed the adult criminal justice reform in the previous legislative session.

October 07, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Bringing reform to juvenile justice

HB 242 enacted many of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgia's recommendations. HB 242 is similar in nature to HB 1176 which addressed the adult criminal justice reform in the previous legislative session.

October 07, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Bringing reform to juvenile justice

HB 242 enacted many of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgia's recommendations. HB 242 is similar in nature to HB 1176 which addressed the adult criminal justice reform in the previous legislative session.

October 07, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Bringing reform to juvenile justice

HB 242 enacted many of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgia's recommendations. HB 242 is similar in nature to HB 1176 which addressed the adult criminal justice reform in the previous legislative session.

October 07, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Bringing reform to juvenile justice

HB 242 enacted many of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgia's recommendations. HB 242 is similar in nature to HB 1176 which addressed the adult criminal justice reform in the previous legislative session.

October 07, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


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Friendships are the gift that keep giving

Maybe it's the fact that I have more days in the rearview mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships. Friendships are always the correct size, the right color and don't require a set of instructions on how to operate them. They are truly the gift that keeps on giving.

December 16, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Could transportation funding in state hit a roadblock?

The overall disrepair of Georgia's roads and bridges has reached the point where the state's political and business leaders agree that "something must be done."

December 16, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


A look at Georgia’s public retirement systems

In recent weeks, this column outlined the revenue shortfall reserve as a hallmark of Georgia's financial health. This week we take a look at another important state function, the state's retirement systems. Georgia's retirement systems are well-funded and currently serve over 375,000 active and 212,000 retired members.

December 16, 2014 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Outlaw policing for profit in state

Back in 1966, Bobby Fuller sang about, "Robbin' people with a six-gun, I fought the law and the law won." And rightfully so: Robbery is a crime. But what happens when it's the law doing the robbing and the law wins?

December 09, 2014 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion


Misunderstood text messages can lead to trouble

Can you hear me now?

December 09, 2014 | By Robert Williams | Opinion


Georgia, the land of opportunity

Each year, according to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, about 55,000 people pass the bar exam in the United States, which admits them to the practice of law.

December 09, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Progress in state’s charter school efforts

You may recall that I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia. You may recall, also, that the amendment passed handily. So much for my vigor.

December 09, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Revenue gains holding up

November state revenues continued the strong showing so far in the fiscal year with the five-month total showing a gain of $358.9 million, compared to the five-month total of a year ago.

December 09, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Change is coming, but slowly

Last month's election results were a reminder that, for all its demographic changes, Georgia is still a conservative state.

December 02, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


In Bora Bora, no one cares about football

This was written in a cave somewhere in Greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper. (I have no idea how the editors got in from bottle to print. I assumed that if editors can figure out where commas go, they ought to be able to figure out how to print a column in a bottle.)

December 02, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Rainy day fund a key to state’s prosperity

Having a healthy reserve is seen as a cushion against dips in the economy and provides reassurance to bond underwriters that Georgia will address any contingencies that arise.

December 02, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Learning the ropes at the Capitol

Orientation for freshman-elect members of the 114th Congress took place in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 12-19. This is the second of two reports detailing events of that orientation.

December 02, 2014 | By Rep.-elect Buddy Carter | Opinion


Help your community on Small Business Saturday

Gallup did a survey this summer. It asked people how much confidence they had in various institutions.

November 25, 2014 | By Kyle Jackson | Opinion


Preparing to ‘downsize’ means not everything can go with us

I have too many clothes.

November 25, 2014 | By Robert Williams Jr. | Opinion


You won’t see a governor like Carl Sanders anymore

The death of former governor Carl Sanders is a reminder of how much the times and the state he ran during the 1960s have changed.

November 25, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


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