ATLANTA -- A caravan of Fort Valley State University students, musicians, administrators, “world famous goat milk products” and students bearing scientific research visited the state Capitol on Wednesday for FVSU Day.
“We humbly extend an invitation to all of you to our lovely institution to see the teaching and research accomplishments and enjoy some of our other campus-produced products and services,” said English major Elijah Porter, addressing the state House of Representatives.
That includes goat milk soap, ice cream and other goodies.
The university is a leader in “small ruminant livestock” research. All the representatives received a sample of goat milk soap.
Lawmakers lucky enough to represent a rural district got a taste of FVSU’s goat milk peach ice cream at a Rural Caucus meeting afterward. The caucus sponsors an FVSU scholarship.
A DOG BILL WITH TEETH
Killing or seriously injuring a police dog already is a misdemeanor that could bring one to five years in prison.
The penalty would rise to as many as 20 years of imprisonment under Senate Bill 72, as approved by the state Senate Public Safety Committee. The bill specifies new punishments for battering an on-duty policy dog, ranging from a few months up to years in prison, depending on the severity and weapons used in the attack.
The bill is not yet scheduled for a Senate floor vote. But chances are good that it will appear. Its sponsor, state Rep. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, is also the Rules Committee chairman, so he pretty much decides which bills go to the floor.
A state Senate panel voted last week to recommend dissolving Payne City into Macon-Bibb County.
Senate Bill 11, offered by state Sen. David Lucas, D-Macon, now needs full Senate approval before it could move to the House.
A bill that would set up a 2015 referendum on a Milledgeville-Baldwin County merger is sitting in the state Senate, waiting for a committee hearing. State Rep. Rusty Kidd, I-Milledgeville, already carried House Bill 67 through his chamber.
It proposes a “unified” government overseen by elected commissioners from five districts, plus a mayor and vice mayor elected at-large.