The Georgia Senate has approved legislation that could make the optional "In God We Trust" decals for state license plates free. Senate Bill 293 was passed by a vote of 48-3. It would also end the requirement for license plates to display a county decal and would make them optional.
There was a senate hearing Monday on giving drug tests to Georgians on welfare. Senator John Albers of North Fulton County says requiring welfare recipients to pass a drug test would keep struggling parents away from illegal drug.
Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers says governments looking to get into the broadband business must play by the same rules as private providers and educate citizens prior to starting a new communications network.
Voting, taxes and ethics are among the issues Georgia's Senate Democrats say they are focused on this legislative session. The Senate Democratic Caucus announced its priorities for the 2012 General Assembly on Tuesday, including several bills they plan to introduce next week.
The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011 seeks to better protect Americans serving with the Peace Corps. The bill is named in honor of a Georgia woman who died while serving in Benin.
The Senate has unanimously approved legislation that overhauls the way Georgia treats sex traffickers by imposing higher fines and stiffer sentences while also offering new treatment options to people who could be victims of the sex slave trade.