In local news, did you know that Georgia and Tennessee have a border dispute (registration required)? It's been going on about 190 years! I am terribly amused by this, but our state officials are not, especially since there's a big old lake that's supposed to be inside our state line. This water thing is going to get very, very ugly before it's resolved.
Also, our state Senate has passed a bill requiring (registration required)
The Georgia Senate, under Republican control, recently passed a bill that, beginning in public elementary schools, students periodically would have their height and weight measured and recorded, and posted in the aggregate so parents could tell which schools have more fat children than other schools. If parents desire to find out the BMI of their own children attending a school, they would be able to find out privately.
Well, at least the government allows parents to learn this information about their own children. Since when did in loco parentis mean that the government should be parenting the parents? Oh. I suppose that would be since about forever.
Honestly. How is it the government's job to monitor this information? It's for our own good, I suppose--well, I mean, It's For The Children. Read the comments and see that I'm not the only one to wonder about the paradox of all but eliminating recess and PE, yet school officials are so concerned about childhood obesity that now this needs to be monitored and aggregated. Oh, I could rant and rave tons, but I just don't have the energy right now. Just reason a million-and-one that I'm happy to be keeping our kids out of the eye of the Georgia public school system.
It's nice, though, that our
Under Stephens' direct shipping bill, which passed 126-8, Georgians would be allowed to order up to 12 cases of wine a year from farm wineries.
12 cases! That would do me just fine, actually. I wonder if Brendan could also order 12 cases. We'd be swimming in it!
Why, the Georgia legislature must be drunk themselves, because they are positively crazy with the giving us the freedom to imbibe. A new stadium in Gwinnett County (registration required, of course), a big, big county in metro-Atlanta, will get to serve beer on Sundays! Be still my heart! And yet, our officials maintain a complete ostrich-head-in-the-sand approach to just letting go of all control and allowing liquor sales on Sunday anywhere in the state. I'm hopeful the little online petition, which was designed merely to demonstrate that yes, people do want this, gets some attention. Maybe next year.
So that's what's up in my state. Thank goodness the legislative season ends in about a month. What's going on with your state? Will you be more or less free than you are now by the time they are finished this year?