About Cindy Morley

Authored 31 articles.


  • State DOE Sets Legislative Priorities in their Quest to Reimagine K-12 Education

    News, January 14, 2021

  • Two Senate Committees to Look at Georgia’s Elections Processes, Laws

    News, December 10, 2020

  • Legislators Get Back to Work in Committee Meetings

    Features, May 13, 2020

    Georgia lawmakers have not been called in to complete the 2020 legislative session yet, but many committees are getting back to work.

  • Governor Kemp Signs Dual Enrollment Bill Aimed at Keeping the Program Sustainable

    Features, May 08, 2020

    Late last week, Governor Brian Kemp signed the House Bill 444 into law and Representative Bert Reeves (R-Marietta), sponsor of the bill, believes this is the best way to keep dual enrollment sustainable.

  • No Date Set for Georgia Lawmakers to Return to Session

    Features, April 24, 2020

    When announcing his plans Monday to begin the transition phase of reopening the state, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp made some reference to the FY21 State Budget which has been on hold since Georgia lawmakers went on break because of the COVID-19 outbreak. However, neither Kemp, Lt Governor Geoff Duncan nor House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) made any reference to a return date.

  • Georgia Reps. Work for Increased Rural Broadband During COVID Outbreak

    Features, April 17, 2020

    Several members of the Georgia delegation are teaming up in a bi-partisan effort to increase broadband access to residents in rural parts of the state. Reps. Doug Collins (R-GA-09), Austin Scott (R-GA-08), and Sanford Bishop (D-GA-02) sent a letter to officials at Windstream late last week stressing the importance of increased broadband access during this unprecedented time in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • SOS Reaffirms May 19 Primary Date; Provides More Information

    Features, April 02, 2020

    There has been a lot of talk lately around Georgia’s planned May 19th primary, including calls by one of the state’s top lawmakers to move the election date into June because of concerns with the COVID-19 outbreak. In an exclusive interview with InsiderAdvantage Monday, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger stood firm on his commitment to the May 19 date.

  • All Georgia Voters will have the Chance to Vote by Absentee Ballot in May Primary

    Features, March 30, 2020

    Georgia’s 6.9 million active voters can expect to receive mail from the Secretary of State’s office in the upcoming weeks. It will be an application for absentee voting in the upcoming May 19 Primary.

  • Lawmakers Make Changes to State’s Dual Enrollment Program

    Features, March 05, 2020

    Georgia lawmakers went into the 2020 legislative session looking for ways to ensure the sustainability of the state’s popular dual enrollment program. Tuesday, members of the Georgia House of Representatives approved House Bill 444 which will reduce the number of classes high school students can take on college campuses.

  • Lawmakers Take No Action on Bill Regarding Daylight Savings

    Features, February 28, 2020

    Health, safety and consistency were mentioned over and over Tuesday as Legislators listened to testimony on House Bill 709 which would direct the state to hold a non-binding referendum asking Georgia residents if they would like to do away with daylight saving time. A non-binding referendum is a ballot question used to inform the state government about potential future action.

  • Proposed Legislation would Regulate Nurse to Patient Ratios

    News, February 20, 2020

  • OPB Director Walks Lawmakers Through Proposal

    Features, February 13, 2020

    State legislators took an unexpected recess this week to dig deep into the state’s budget — and Tuesday Gov. Brian Kemp’s budget director spent time walking lawmakers through the proposed plans for the Amended FY 20 and FY 21 budgets.

  • Senate Hears Horse Racing Bill but Doesn’t Take a Vote

    News, January 31, 2020

    State Senator Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) took his proposal for horse racing in Georgia back to the Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee Wednesday afternoon. Members heard from Beach as well as a number of opponents to the plan, but did not vote on the proposal. And no future vote was scheduled.

  • Lt. Gov. Lists Priorities – Gambling a Question Mark

    Features, January 17, 2020

    Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and some members of the Senate Majority Caucus kicked off the 2020 Georgia General Assembly on Monday by outlining priorities for the session. Duncan met with media in his office Monday and announced plans to focus on three main issues – healthcare, foster care and technology innovation.

  • Ninth Circuit Sides with Ag Chris Carr in Fight to Uphold Congressional Review Act

    Features, January 10, 2020

    A federal appeals court has backed Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr and other state attorneys general in a fight to uphold the Congressional Review Act.

  • New Laws Take Effect in 2020

    Features, January 06, 2020

    In his first year as Georgia governor, Brian Kemp signed more than 300 bills into law. While many of the new laws have already taken effect, others will be in place January 1st.

  • Homelessness: Where Does Georgia Rank?

    Features, November 22, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development delivers an annual estimate to Congress of homeless people in the country. And based on the latest estimates from the federal government, there were 552,830 people experiencing homelessness across the United States in January 2018. This is based on the latest HUD study — which provides a snapshot of homelessness across the country on a single night.

  • Bill Would Eliminate Taxes from Military Retirements

    Features, November 07, 2019

    A group of Georgia state representatives are hoping to remove income tax from military retirements. One of the co-signers of HB-7 is newcomer Rep. Philip Singleton (R-Sharpsburg) who was sworn in as the newest state representative for Newnan’s District 71 less than a month ago. At his swearing in ceremony he announced his plans to form the House Veteran Caucus.

  • Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Casinos and Gambling

    Features, October 21, 2019

    For the past two days, members of the House Special Committee on Economic Growth have listened to a long trail of speakers that included casino executives, sports betting operators and other key stakeholders — some speaking in favor of legalizing gambling in Georgia and others against the idea. The committee is charged with looking at the economic benefits of allowing gambling in the state.

  • Former Congressman will Chair Conservatives for Clean Energy Georgia

    News, September 12, 2019

  • Chao Tells Georgia Leaders Rural Areas Key Focus of New Transportation and Infrastructure Funding

    Features, August 15, 2019

    More than 2,000 Georgia business leaders, state and federal officials, and policy advocates broke into applause Tuesday at the Georgia Chamber’s annual Congressional Luncheon in Macon when U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced that Georgia will receive more than $189 million in transportation grants to expand infrastructure.

  • Georgia Among the Most Military Friendly States in the Nation

    Features, August 05, 2019

    Three years ago Georgia set out on a mission — to become the most military friendly state in the nation. And at least one state lawmaker believes Georgia has accomplished that goal, thanks in part to the creation of the Georgia House Military Affairs Working Group by Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge).

  • Military a Dominant Force in Georgia’s Economy

    Features, July 29, 2019

    Georgia is known for many things — peaches, peanuts, The Masters… but what about the military? Many people are unaware of the impact the military plays on Georgia and its economy. Georgia has the fifth largest military population in America with an economic impact of over $28 billion yearly. The top five are California, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina and Georgia.

  • Senoia, Summerville Ranked as Safest Cities in Georgia

    Features, July 24, 2019

    Senoia, in Coweta County, has jumped into the top spot for the safest cities in Georgia, according to the latest survey performed by Safewise.com. Eleven new cities were added to Georgia’s safest list this year — meaning 78% of last year’s top cities made the cut again.

  • Congressman Tom Graves Introduces Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act

    Features, June 20, 2019

    Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA-14) is concerned about criminal hackers in cyberspace. The Republican Congressman from Ranger, GA teamed with Democrat Congressman Josh Gottheimer (N.J.-05), to introduce a bipartisan bill that gives American businesses and consumers more tools to defend themselves online.

  • Freight and Logistics Commission will Look at All Options

    Features, June 12, 2019

    Democrat and Republican lawmakers in Georgia agree that logistics and moving freight across the state will be a key issue when they meet under the Gold Dome again in January 2020. To prepare for those discussions, a Joint Commission of the state House and Senate has been appointed to study and consider different options.

  • Congress Passes Disaster Relief Bill

    Features, June 04, 2019

    Help is on the way. Nearly nine months after farmers in South Georgia were devastated by Hurricane Michael, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill Monday, sending the measure to President Donald Trump. The legislation was approved 354-58 by Congress.

  • Proposed Legislation Designed to Help Americans Prepare for Retirement

    Features, May 29, 2019

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) joined Democrat Chris Murphy of Connecticut Tuesday and re-introduced bipartisan legislation that he says will help Americans ensure they do not outlive their retirement savings.

  • New Law will Ensure Fairness, Strengthen Competition in Government Purchasing

    Features, April 26, 2019

    State Rep. Mark Newton (R-Augusta) said he was looking for “transparency and clarity” when he introduced House Bill 315. The bill, which requires consultants to disclose any potential conflicts of interest when hired by city or county governments to develop bid specifications, sailed through the House and Senate this session. And last week, Governor Brian Kemp signed the legislation into law.

  • Healthcare Plan Headed to Governor’s Desk for Signature

    Features, March 28, 2019

    State Rep. Jodi Lott (R-Evans) stood in the well Monday afternoon and urged House members to support SB 106, the Governor’s “Patients First Act.” “This is a big-picture debate. Health care is complicated,” said Lott, one of Governor Brian Kemp’s floor leaders in the House. “It’s complex. But voting for SB 106 is the start of moving the ball forward in Georgia. This is the first part. It’s the first piece of the pie. If this bill fails it won’t change the fact that healthcare is one of the Governor’s top priorities.”

  • Rep. Tanner Unveils 2019 House Transit Proposal

    Features, March 06, 2019

    The 2019 House Transit plan released late last week is designed to “allow the state to remain economically competitive and prosperous for Georgians, regardless of where they live,” according to State Representative Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville).