10:00am House Session
10:00am Senate Session
State lawmakers have started combing through proposed illegal immigration reform measures. A major concern is making sure a Georgia law won’t provoke a federal lawsuit. Republican Representative Matt Ramsey introduced his immigration bill last week, and it’s already changing to make sure it will withstand a constitutional challenge.
A proposed Georgia law to crack down on illegal immigration that mirrors some provisions in Arizona’s controversial law is set for a hearing Friday. Members of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee will discuss what’s inside a measure offered by state Rep. Matt Ramsey last week.
Governor Nathan Deal says the state needs an immigration reform bill it can use, rather than one for show. "The reality is this. When the federal government fails to live up to its responsibilities to enforce immigration laws, the cost of it is borne by states and local jurisdictions," says Deal. "I think it is only reasonable that those who are have to bear cost of it, address it."
A Georgia state lawmaker is expected to unveil legislation targeting illegal immigrants in the work force. State Sen. Jack Murphy plans to discuss his proposal at a news conference Thursday at the Statehouse.
Sunday alcohol sales is one step closer to becoming law. It was voted out of a senate committee today. The bill lets local governments hold a vote on whether stores could sell alcohol after 12:30 pm on Sunday.