Hold on to your seat – and watch your wallet. Over the next two weeks, federal and state authorities are planning to vote on controversial measures that may affect your utility bills, taxes, internet speeds and children's access to healthcare.
Dec. 14 – The FCC votes on whether to repeal net neutrality rules enacted under the Obama administration. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is proposing elimination of rules that require internet providers to treat all internet content equally, saying the rules stifle innovation. The FCC meeting, which starts at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, will be live streamed at www.fcc.gov/live. Hundreds of Georgia residents weighed in. You can read their comments by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2C09cMc
Dec. 21 – The Georgia Public Service Commission is expected to vote on continued construction of Plant Vogtle. The vote on the nuclear expansion project had originally been set for Feb. 28 but was moved up at the request of Georgia Power, one of the plant's owners, to take advantage of tax benefits under current federal tax laws. If the PSC approves continued work, Georgia Power says the plant may be completed in another five years. Work was originally supposed to be completed this year. Cost to finish the plant is estimated at $4.5 billion. Since 2011, consumers have been paying for the plant's expansion.
Dec. 31 - Federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides coverage for 9 million children, expired in September, and some states are expected to run out of options by year's end. The federal program supports Georgia's PeachCare, which could run out of money as early as January if Congress doesn't vote to re-authorize. Congress is supposed to be out of town for Christmas and New Year's so the vote would have to come before then.
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Norder is Senior Editor for Investigations at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.