Monday, Jan. 9, 2017
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia House Speaker David Ralston has been re-elected to the chamber's top leadership position as the state Legislature opens.
Ralston, a Republican from Blue Ridge, easily retained the speaker's job by a 169-6 vote Monday morning as the House and Senate convened at the state Capitol in Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports he called on lawmakers to work with mutual respect and civility "regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or sexual orientation."
The 40-day legislative session often gets a slow start, but before leaving the Capitol lawmakers are expected to consider changes affecting schools, gambling and health care in the state.
Gov. Nathan Deal has been tight-lipped about his priorities for the year but is set to deliver his State of the State address later this week.
(Copyright 2017. The Associated Press.)