Monday, April 15, 2013
State Rep. Calvin Hill made the claim during two town hall meetings held in Cherokee County over the weekend.
More money will be set aside for education funding in the state's fiscal year 2014 budget, according to one Cherokee County state legislator. State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) said on Saturday that with state revenues growing by 3 percent, over $289 million in "new funds" have been assigned to education funding in the upcoming budget. Hill made the assertion in two town hall meetings he held with State Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta). Both men met with residents at the Hickory Flat Public Library and Ball Ground City Hall. Hill stated House Bill 106 gave $146.5 million to fully fund Quality Basic Education, or QBE, growth from 1.4 percent for over 23,000 students. He also said the state increased equalization grants by $38.3 …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Both legislators will meet with residents on Saturday in Hickory Flat and Ball Ground.
State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) and State Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) will update Cherokee County residents on the 2013 legislative session on Saturday. Both legislators will hold two town hall meetings inside the county. The first meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at the Hickory Flat Public Library and the second meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Ball Ground City Hall. Ball Ground City Hall is located at 215 Valley Street. Along with discussing the legislative session, both Beach and Hill will take questions and comments from constituents. All residents are invited to attend the meeting. Keep up with Holly Springs-Hickory Flat Patch news by subscribing to our newsletters and following us on Twitter and Facebook!
Saturday, April 6, 2013
The Georgia General Assembly was not able to pass a sweeping firearms bill that would have allowed gun owners to carry in churches, bars and on school campuses.
A proposal that would have allowed firearms to be carried in churches, college campuses and in bars died on the vine as the 2013 legislative session ended on Thursday. House Bill 512, which garnered much support across the state, sailed through the Georgia House of Representatives. However, its upper chamber counterpart, Senate Bill 101, could not muster enough support to pass before the close of the session. The issue over whether or not to allow firearms on the state's nearly 50 colleges and university campuses brought down the bill. However, supporters of the bill and the campus carry provision are confident the bill will return in 2014.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The bill, sponsored by State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) now awaits Gov. Nathan Deal's signature.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Both Georgia State House members who represent Holly Springs and Hickory Flat voted in favor of sweeping changes designed to ease gun regulations in Georgia.
The Georgia House of Representatives by a 2 to 1 margin on Thursday passed a bill that would relax gun regulations in the state, and Cherokee's Republican state legislators in the lower house voted in lockstep in favor of those changes. House Bill 512, which passed with a 117-56 vote, would allow gun owners with a valid Georgia weapons carry license to take firearms in bars, churches, some areas of colleges and universities and onto some unsecured government properties. State Representatives Calvin Hill of Hickory Flat, Scot Turner of Holly Springs, Mandi Ballinger of Canton, Michael Caldwell of Woodstock and John Carson of Marietta all voted in favor of the legislation. Tell us: do you support expanding the right to carry firearms in …
Monday, February 25, 2013
House Bill 394 would allow state lawmakers to carry firearms on government property, a privilege certain government employees already enjoy.
State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) has introduced legislation that would allow members of the Georgia General Assembly to carry firearms on government property. House Bill 394 would allow state lawmakers with a valid Georgia carry permit to take their firearms in government buildings and government property. Tell us: what do you think of the legislation put forth by Rep. Calvin Hill? The law would apply to current and former lawmakers, but specifies that no lawmaker would be allowed to carry firearms into the chambers of the State House or the State Senate. Currently the law allows people such as county medical examiners and coroners, state and federal trial and appellate and municipal court judges, probation officers, solicitors …
Friday, February 22, 2013
State Rep. Scot Turner wants to clean up language that stipulates how long a person must live in a district before seeking to run for office.
Newly elected State Representative Scot Turner has introduced his first bill in the Georgia General Assembly. House Bill 436 "addresses a flaw in the current code and would allow local legislation to create a 12 month residency requirement," he wrote on his Facebook page. "This would prevent someone from moving into an area days before qualifying and then run for elected office," he added. The bill, which is also co-sponsored by Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) and Rep. Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock), allows local counties and cities to create a 12-month residency requirement for anyone seeking public office in their county or cities. The bill would exclude candidates for judicial office. Turner said the bill would clean up some …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Rep. Calvin Hill and Sen. Brandon Beach will hold a town hall meeting in March for Cherokee County residents.
Both State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) and State Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) will host a town hall meeting in two locations in March. Both legislators will meet with Cherokee County residents at 9 a.m. Saturday March 2 at the Hickory Flat Public Library and at 10:30 a.m. at Ball Ground City Hall. Ball Ground City Hall is located at 215 Valley Street. The legislators will discuss the 2013 legislative session and take comments and questions from residents.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The delegation on Monday shared with residents what bills they are supporting or introducing during the 2013 legislative session.
Cherokee County's legislative delegation on Monday was greeted with about 50 residents who filed into the Cherokee County Historic Courthouse in downtown Canton to hear what pieces of legislation they plan to champion. Lawmakers during the session, which is already halfway over, shared with the audience which bills they've endorsed, sponsored or introduced. The forum was hosted by the Cherokee County Republican Party. State Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) was not able to attend the forum. State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) State Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) State Rep. Mandi Ballinger (R-Canton) State Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) State Rep. Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock) State Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta) State Rep. …
Friday, February 15, 2013
The Cherokee County Republican Party will host a forum Monday in Canton where lawmakers will discuss the 2013 legislative session.
Cherokee County's legislators in the Georgia General Assembly will gather Monday evening to discuss their bills and their vision for 2013 in a forum hosted by the Cherokee County Republican Party. The forum will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Cherokee County Historic Courthouse at 100 North Street in downtown Canton. The forum will be held in the second floor courtroom. Members of the delegation who are slated to participate include State Senators Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) and Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville); State Representatives Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock), Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat), John Carson (R-Marietta), Mandi Ballinger (R-Canton) and Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs). Legislators will discuss the bills they are backing and also …