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Ga. Lawmakers Not Pushing Arizona Style Immigration Law

House Speaker David Ralston told Georgia business leaders today that he will make sure any new state immigration legislation will not hurt Georgia’s economy.

British Challenge Execution

Emmanuel Hammond set to die at 7:00 Tuesday night. British government protesting use of execution drugs purchased there. Georgia Supreme Court rejects appeal.

Judge Upholds Gun Ban

A federal judge has upheld Georgia's law banning guns in churches and other places of worship. U.S. District Judge Ashley Royal on Monday dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the law. Royal wrote that Georgia's law does not violate constitutional rights to freedom of religion or bearing arms. The lawsuit had been filed in response to a change in Georgia law last year which removed the prohibition of guns at public gatherings.

Conversation With U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson

GPB’s Edgar Treiguts caught-up with Isakson for updates on a handful of topics important to Georgians.

Day-3 General Assembly Roundup

A bill introduced on Monday could allow Sunday alcohol sales to go before voters. Lawmakers also proposed a bill to expand school vouchers to military families.

Troy Davis Appeals To Supreme Court

Lawyers for Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis have filed an appeal with the US Supreme Court. Davis was sentenced to die for the 1989 killing of Savannah policeman Marc MacPhail. His case has fueled criticism of the US justice system.

Isakson: Congress Has Money For Port

US Senator Johnny Isakson says, he'll press Congress to fund a half-billion-dollar expansion project at the Port of Savannah. Congressional Republicans recently have been pledging to cut spending to shore up the deficit. Isakson says, there is money for the project, which state leaders see as critical to the economy

Sunday Alcohol Sales Could Pass

This could be the year the legislature will allow Sunday alcohol sales to go before voters. With Governor Perdue no longer in office, a veto threat is gone. A group of state senators introduced a bill that would allow alcohol to be sold after church on Sundays.

Speaker Defends Europe Trip

Georgia House Speaker, David Ralston defended taking a trip to Europe paid for by lobbyist.

Grocery Tax Could Return

Lawmakers will consider reinstating the grocery tax this session. It’s perhaps the most controversial part of a broad plan to overhaul the tax code. Two legislators discussing the plan at recent luncheon on the state budget crisis provide a glimpse of what’s to come when lawmakers take up the issue this year.

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