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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.

Sen. Staton Applauds Passage of Second Amendment Protection Bill

Sen. Staton Applauds Passage of Second Amendment Protection Bill

 

Sen. Cecil Staton (R-Macon) applauds the passage of Senate Bill 101, which passed by a vote of 41 to 10. This legislation would allow out-of-state weapons carry licenses to be recognized in Georgia and protect the Second Amendment rights of all Georgians regardless of residence or economic status.

“I am pleased by the passage of Senate Bill 101 today,” said Sen. Staton. “This legislation is an important measure to further protect the Second Amendment rights of all Georgians.” The right to bear arms is one of the most fundamental rights of our nation, and must be preserved for future generations.”

SB 101 proposes five measures within the bill, including:

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.

Crawford Sheriff Fires Challenger

Crawford County investigator Tom Wallace says his boss beat him in Tuesday's election, then fired him Thursday.

Incumbent Lewis Walker, a Democrat, beat Wallace, the Republican in the sheriff's race. Walker got 3,520 votes, 69 percent and Wallace got 1560 votes, 31 percent.

When he reported for work Thursday, Wallace says, Walker fired him.

He said the sheriff gave him a letter saying that he was fired, because his statements during the campaign created dissension in the department and because Walker doubted that the investigator could follow his leadership in the future.

The letter says Wallace also promised to fire Walker from the department if elected -- but Wallace says that's not true.

He said the sheriff gave him the option to resign, but he declined.

Walker could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Peach Co. Majority Vote for Obama

Peach Co. Majority Vote for Obama

Fifty-three percent of Peach County voted for Barack Obama.

Forty-six percent of the Peach Co. vote went to Mitt Romney.

That was 6141 votes for Obama, and 5280 votes for Romney. 

One percent, 78 votes, of Peach 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

Crawford Co. Majority Vote for Romney

Crawford Co. Majority Vote for Romney

Sixty-six percent of Crawford County voted for Mitt Romney.

Thirty-three percent of the Crawford Co. vote went to Barack Obama.

That was 3366 votes for Romney, and 1699 votes for Obama. 

One percent, 58 votes, of Crawford 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

Peach County Election Results

Peach County Election Results

Peach County Commission Post 5, At Large:
Incumbent Melvin Walker has 51 percent of the vote, with 99 precincts reporting.