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General Assembly Day-23 Roundup

An illegal immigration bill passes the House, while a new bill on where gun owners can carry makes a re-appearance. Also, Georgia's attorney general weighs-in on the issue of whether allowing voters to decide on Sunday alcohol sales is constitutional.

House Debates Immigration Bill

State Rep. Matt Ramsey told his House colleagues that a bill he sponsored is necessary to crack down on the employment of illegal immigrants in Georgia. Several other Republican lawmakers also spoke Thursday on the floor of the House in support of the bill, saying the state must act because the federal government has failed to stop illegal immigration.

Will Newt Gingrich Run for President?

Former Congressman Newt Gingrich will meet with Gov. Nathan Deal Thursday, after which many observers expect him to announce he’ll take the first step toward a presidential candidacy. Gingrich’s spokesman said late Tuesday the former House speaker would not announce that first step, the formation of a presidential exploratory committee.

Could Georgia Opt-Out Of Health Law?

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says, he doubts the state would be able to opt-out of the federal health care law early. Some Georgia health care advocates agree, saying the provision was aimed at states like Vermont that already have near-universal coverage. A spokeswoman for Governor Nathan Deal, however, welcomed the flexibility and promised a plan.

House Passes HOPE Bill

The state House passed a bill Tuesday that would overhaul Georgia's HOPE scholarship. It includes an amendment that requires a new minimum grade point average for students to keep the full HOPE scholarship while in college.

Gingrich To Meet With Gov. Deal

The 67-year-old Gingrich is widely expected to take another step toward a presidential run this week. He and his wife, Callista, have scheduled a meeting Thursday with a key supporter -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.

House Backs Macon-Bibb Merger

Consolidation bill passes House and moves on to Senate. Legislation would let voters make final decision. Macon one of the few major cities that is not consolidated.

Booster Seat Changes Get House OK

A bill that would raise the age children are required to be in car booster seats was passed by the state house today. Kids under eight would have to use them if they don’t meet certain measurements.

General Assembly Day-20 Roundup

There was action on an illegal immigration bill, public defender system legislation, and an unveiling of a bill to enact a sweeping rewrite to Georgias' sunshine laws.

Audit Vets Capitol Police Budget

A state audit shows Georgia could save $1.6 million by downsizing the state's Capitol police.