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ROSWELL: Senator wants community service for unemployment benefits

ROSWELL: Senator wants community service for unemployment benefits

ATLANTA -- A Republican state lawmaker has pre-filed legislation that would require recipients of unemployment benefits to perform community service.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Albers of Roswell, would require residents receiving benefits to volunteer at least 24 hours per week, either paid or unpaid, for a nonprofit charitable organization. Under the measure, the state labor commissioner would also be able to waive or alter the requirement in some cases.

Albers said the proposed law is an excellent opportunity for Georgians to give back to their communities, acquire new skills, network, obtain references and gain invaluable experience while looking for employment.

Georgia's unemployment rate currently exceeds the national average.

Lawmakers can act on the bill during the 2012 legislative session.

What will a penny sales tax for education buy?

What will a penny sales tax for education buy?

ATLANTA -- Voters in two cities and six counties in Metro Atlanta will decide Tuesday whether to renew a one-cent sales tax for school construction.

The education SPLOST is a one-cent special purpose local option sales tax that was first approved by voters in Atlanta, Decatur and Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cherokee, Douglas and Henry counties in 1997.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters will be asked to continue that tax with SPLOST IV.

In DeKalb County, the renewal of ESPLOST would generate $475 million for dozens of capital projects, including new buildings, new roofs, air-conditioning systems, even smart boards in every classroom.

Tom Price to speak at Chamber breakfast

Tom Price to speak at Chamber breakfast

ROSWELL, Ga. -- U.S. Congressman Tom Price will be the keynote speaker for the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce September Eggs & Enterprise breakfast.

First elected to Congress in 2004, Price is now recognized as a vibrant leader in Georgia, and a diligent and tireless problem-solver in Congress. Prior to going to Washington, he served four terms in the Georgia State Senate, including two as Minority Whip.

Fulton County Board of Commissioners Approves Resolution to Support E-SPLOST for Fulton and Atlanta

(Atlanta) Through a resolution authored by Fulton County Chairman John Eaves and Commissioner Liz Hausmann, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted today in their recess meeting to support the E-SPLOST referendum for Fulton and Atlanta Public Schools.

The School systems have called for a referendum for citizens to consider the continuation of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST IV). SPLOST has funded capital needs in the Fulton County School System since 1997. Previous SPLOST programs have funded 37 new schools, 28 school additions and multiple projects such as roof replacement, HVAC renovations, floor covering replacements, surveillance camera installations and playfield enhancements.

Senator hopes to create more technology jobs

Senator hopes to create more technology jobs

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Following the creation of Georgia's Science and Technology Strategic Initiative Joint Study Commission, Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) welcomed Slalom Consulting to testify before the group.

Slalom's Atlanta office offers a broad range of business and technology services with an emphasis on improving enterprise performance, retaining and growing customers, improving employee productivity and driving innovation.

"Georgia is a state in which technology workers thrive, as many of the world's most innovative and customer-focused corporations have healthy technology centers located here," said Craig Marmon, managing director of Slalom's Atlanta location. "Offshoring has eroded jobs as companies look to reduce overall technology costs.

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.

LOCAL PROFILE: Clayton County Commission Chairman, Eldrin Bell

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Eldrin Bell is a local legend in Atlanta local law enforcement and politics.

Recently, the Where U Live spoke with him about his history in Atlanta and his current position in Clayton County.