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Busy Courts Won't Close

Federal courts in Georgia's busy Northern District will remain open next week if the federal government shuts down. Northern District Clerk James Hatten said the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts notified federal courts across the country that the government's judicial branch has enough funding to stay open if Congress and the White House fail to reach an agreement to fund the government.

Revised Plan Opens $220 Million Hole

A revised tax reform plan would create a large funding gap in the state budget next year. That’s according to a report by the state auditor. The plan would give nearly every Georgian a tax cut.

Macon-Bibb Consolidation Stalls, Again

Lawmakers say they will let both bills sit for now. Local delegation could not agree on some key points. They plan to come up with another plan by next session.

Ethics Commission Lightens Lobbyists Disclosures

The state ethics commission says, lobbyists can spend undisclosed sums of money on most state employees.The decision Tuesday comes after high-speed rail advocates sent Georgia's House Speaker, his family and staff to Europe last year.

Savannah Council Broke Meeting Laws

The state Attorney General's office says, members of Savannah City Council broke the law three times when they met to discuss hiring a new city manager. The office says, the violations occurred when the council met behind closed doors. In one meeting, council members broke up into teams to interview potential candidates for the city manager position.

Funding Plan Worries Domestic Violence Shelters

Some domestic violence shelters in the state are worried they will lose funding to serve everyone who needs their services.

Senior Advocates Push For Care Choice

Advocates for the elderly are getting nervous about the fate of legislation that would let residents of assisted living homes stay there longer. The bill easily passed the Senate, but with three days left in the General Assembly, the House has yet to vote on it.

Georgia Voter ID Law Approved

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp says the U.S. Department of Justice has approved Georgia's requirement for new voter registration applicants to provide evidence of U.S. citizenship.

Lawmakers Off From Session This Week

The state Capitol will be quiet this week, at least from official General Assembly activity. But lawmakers will have lots to do once they return next Monday for the final three days of the Session.

State Tax Plan Won't Boost Revenue

State lawmakers spent the week squabbling over whether a proposed tax plan would give every Georgian a tax break. And they’ve paid less attention to increasing state revenues.

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