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Lawmakers Set Session's End

The Georgia Legislature will wrap up the 2011 legislative session on April 14. The House on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution setting the calendar for the remainder of the 40-day session. The Senate was expected to take it up Monday afternoon. Lawmakers are set to meet all five days next week. They will take off April 4-8, which coincides with many school district spring breaks as well as the Masters Tournament in Augusta.

Perdue Backs Gingrich For '12 Run

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue says he'll back Newt Gingrich if he seeks the Republican nomination for president. Appearing at a Georgia Republican dinner Monday night, Perdue told reporters that the former U.S. House speaker "would make a great president."

Task Force Tackles State's Water Supply

A state task force formed to find new water sources met for the first time today. Georgia is under pressure to expand its water options.

Virtual School Rally at Capitol

Hundreds of students and families rallied at the capitol today in support of letting Georgia students go to school online.

State Legislators Begin Final 10 Days of Session

State legislators on Monday embark on the final 10 days of this year’s legislative session. The House and Senate will spend this week reviewing the bills that have already passed one chamber.

Census Details Today's Georgia

Newly released census data showed that most of Georgia's 1.5 million increase in population came in metro Atlanta and north Georgia. But rural population is shrinking in southwest Georgia. Hispanics grew to nearly 9 percent of the state’s population and African-Americans grew to 31 percent.

Forecasting Session's Final 10 Days

With Wednesday's long legislative day known as Crossover Day now past, state lawmakers roll-up their sleeves for the final 10 working days of the 40-day General Assembly.

Trauma Care Among Dead Bills

Many bills ended their run this Wednesday as lawmakers worked well into the evening to meet their deadline.

Airline Tax Breaks OK'd by House

Members of the House were busy on Wednesday handling bills before the midnight deadline. The bills included, among others, airline tax breaks and health care.

Alcohol, Gun Bills Pass Senate

The Senate passed numerous bills on Wednesday including a bill that will let communities legalize Sunday alcohol sales.

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