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House Lawmakers OK Amended Budget

The House has approved an $18 billion budget that funnels additional money to hospitals that care for large numbers of poor patients.

Alabama Concerned over Georgia Water Decisions

Alabama officials have expressed concern over Georgia’s push for reservoirs and its regulation of water transfers.

House Panel OK's Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill

A House panel has approved a bill that would pave the way for stores in Georgia to sell alcohol on Sundays. The House Regulated Industries Committee approved the measure Wednesday. A similar bill has already cleared a key Senate panel.

English-Only License Tests Up In House

A bill that would mandate Georgia driver's license exams for permanent residents be given only in English is expected to face a vote in the House Wednesday. The legislation's sponsor, Rep. James Mills, says the current policy of allowing drivers tests to be administered in 14 languages poses a safety hazard since road signs are printed in English.

Georgia Revenue Increase Aids Education

Georgia’s revenue increased $117 million in January. That’s according to numbers released today by Governor Nathan Deal.

Deal Investigates Illegal Worker Verification Program

Governor Nathan Deal says he wants to do more research on a program employers can use to verify if their workers are legal. Conservative lawmakers have to weigh whether forcing employers to check work status hurts the state’s economy.

Low Turnout, High Cost In Special Election

Voters in three Southeast Georgia counties have until Friday to cast their votes during the "early voting" period for a special election. County election officials, however, say the problem is that few people have voted and it's costing them money to staff the "early voting" booth.

House Immigration Bill Concerns City Governments

City governments are raising concerns about the cost of implementing a state immigration reform bill.

Ralston Trip Prompts Ethics Complaint

A member of the newly-formed Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform has filed a complaint against the lobbyist who took House Speaker David Ralston and members of his family and staff to Europe during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Farm Lobby Opposes Immigration Bill

A State Senate committee heard testimony Monday on a controversial bill aimed at curbing illegal immigration in Georgia. Among those testifying was Bryan Tolar with the Georgia Agra business Council. He told lawmakers on the committee to tread lightly when trying to rid the state of much needed immigrant labor.

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