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Authorities say issues surrounding a proposed mosque in Gwinnett County are now the focus of a federal civil rights investigation. The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division told WSB-TV in a statement that it has an ongoing investigation but declined further comment. A lawyer for the Islamic center hoping to build the mosque also confirmed the investigation.
The Senate Higher Education Committee has approved an overhaul of the HOPE scholarship that will make cuts to the awards many Georgia college students receive. The panel voted 5-2 on Friday along party lines. Republicans supported the measure, a top priority for Gov. Nathan Deal. Democrats on the committee opposed it, complaining they were not allowed to offer amendments.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has taken a small first step toward a presidential run in 2012. Gingrich said Thursday he would run on a campaign of creating more jobs in the U.S., and shrinking the size of the federal government.
Illegal Immigration - The Georgia House passed a bill sponsored by Representative Matt Ramsey, a Peachtree City Republican, by a vote of 113-to-56. Ramsey says the most important section of the bill is one that requires employers to use a federal database called E-Verify to check the immigration status of new hires.
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.