Perdue Introduces Legislation, Constitutional Amendment To Create Cabinet Form Of Government

Friday, February 05, 2010

Governor Sonny Perdue announced on Friday that Senator Bill Heath, the governor’s Floor Leader in the Senate, is introducing legislation and a Constitutional Amendment to create a cabinet form of government. Under the proposal the heads of the state’s Agricultural, Insurance, Education, and Labor departments would be appointed by the governor, subject to Senate confirmation.

“This proposal will result in better government for Georgians,” Gov. Perdue said. “It will ensure that agency heads are focused on good policy, and not bogged down with the politics of running for re-election.”

Currently, only nine states elect Commissioners of Agriculture, 12 states elect Insurance Commissioners, 14 states elect State School Superintendents, and five states elect state labor commissioners.

“This is an opportunity to create a more efficient and cohesive government,” said Sen. Heath. “We will have professionals running agencies who will be directly accountable to the Governor and legislature every single day they are serving.”

The agencies that would be appointed by the Governor under this proposal have almost 6,000 employees and budgets of more than $7.5 billion.

“This measure will allow us to take the politics out of what are administrative and policy positions,” said Majority Leader Jerry Keen. “Sometimes the best policies are not the best politics, and the people in those jobs should be free to make the best policy decisions for the state of Georgia.”

If the General Assembly approves, the Constitutional Amendment would be on the ballot this November for approval by the voters. Those currently running for these offices would be able to serve a full term upon winning, and the positions would be appointed by the governor that is elected in 2014.

“A vast majority of states have these offices as a part of the executive cabinet,” said Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers. “Clearly there would be cost savings and efficiency improvement if this were the case in Georgia. However, it is the citizen’s right to determine this for themselves and that is why I support this measure being placed on the ballot.”


Dog Alerts Owner To House Fire; Home Completely Destroyed

A homeowner reported her dog saved her life from a house fire early Friday morning. At  12:52 a.m. , the homeowner called 911 reporting a fire at 8411 Providence Road (Highway 58 area). The Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived and reported a log cabin with flames coming through the roof. Firefighters worked quickly to contain the fire but it ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ANDERSON, EDWARD ANTONIO 1009 S HIGHLAND PARK CHATTANOOGA, 37404 22 Chattanooga Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) ARTERBURN, SEAN THOMAS 9441 ROBINSON FARM ROAD OOLETWAH, 37363 30 Hamilton County FUGITIVE FROM GEORGIA ATCHLEY, ORBAN EDWARD 165 ELM STREET SOUTH PITTSBURG, ... (click for more)

Don't Allow Us To Be Overrun By People Who Do Not Belong Here

Thank you, Senator Corker, for your clear, concise evaluation of the president's attempt to bypass Congress and personally and independently establish national policy that violates our current immigration laws.   Our long-standing failure to enforce our laws to control illegal immigration across our southern border has made this country less safe and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Quick! Arm Our Guards

When I learned last Wednesday that Chattanooga’s leading hospital, in a ridiculous attempt to be more “family friendly,” planned to disarm its security guards. I was aghast but decided to wait for the proper “incident” to illustrate how stupid members of our “free thought society” can sometimes be. It took exactly one week. A bit after midnight on Thursday morning a gunman appeared ... (click for more)

Baylor Must Contend With MBA's Chandler In DII-AA Semis

If there is one thing different about Friday’s TSSAA Division II-AA semifinal playoff game between Baylor and Montgomery Bell Academy at Tommy Owen Stadium in Nashville from the teams’ regular-season matchup, Red Raiders coach Phil Massey knows exactly what it is. Or, well, who it is. It’s Ty Chandler. Chandler, a 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore running back, has added ... (click for more)

McCallie's Gordon Connell - a New Wrestling Venture

Saturday morning in Cleveland when five rookie wrestling officials from the Chattanooga area take to the mats to call matches for the season opening middle school tournament at Ocoee Middle School, it will be easy to pick out the one who, at first observation, doesn't belong. Or does he? With lots of gray hair and years of coaching experience, former ... (click for more)