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Lawmakers Have Full Week Ahead

State lawmakers only have seven working days left in this year’s legislative session. Monday, they reconvene for day-34 on the calendar. It begins a full five-day week. Within their work, legislators will cast final votes on some key issues, including the budget, Sunday alcohol sales and possibly immigration.

Big Votes This Week in Georgia Statehouse

State lawmakers only have seven working days left in this year’s legislative session. This week they will cast final votes on some key issues, including the budget, Sunday alcohol sales and possibly immigration.

Democrats Court Voters Outside Atlanta

The Democratic Party of Georgia held its state committee meeting in Augusta Saturday for the first time in many years. The meeting marks the opening of the party’s first field office outside of Metro Atlanta. Party leaders say the move signals a new direction for Georgia Democrats.

Echols: Privatize Nuclear Waste Disposal

The newest member of the state Public Service Commission says fallout from Japan’s tsunami-damaged nuclear reactors could slow America’s nuclear growth. Commissioner Tim Echols says the solution is privatizing the nation’s nuclear waste disposal.

Redistricting Already Mired in Controversy

Lawmakers will be back at the Capitol this summer for a special session. They need to redraw legislative maps from new census data. And the redistricting effort is already off to a rough start.

Landfill Bill Delayed

Opponents will testify next week. Senate Bill 110 makes changes to earlier law. Opponents say it will weaken protections while those in favor say it will not.

Committee Considers Tax Reform Ideas

State legislative leaders on Thursday proposed lowering the income tax rate and leaving groceries untaxed. During a special committee meeting, lawmakers endorsed some recommendations from a tax reform council but rejected others.

Thousands Of Immigration Activists Rally

Thousands of people gathered in front of the Georgia state Capitol Thursday to protest proposed immigration laws. They waved signs, chanted and cheered as speakers addressed the crowd. Police estimated the crowd at roughly 5,000.

Health Exchange on Hold in Georgia

State lawmakers recently tabled legislation that would have created a federally-mandated state health care exchange. That leaves Georgia with some unused cash.

Tax Reform Still Alive Under Gold Dome

Although no jobs creation bills have been taken up this year, if you ask Republican leadership under the gold dome about the issue, they’ll tell you the session isn’t over yet.

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