Day 8 – Tuesday, February 1, 2011


10:00am House Session
10:00am Senate Session

Prime Time Lawmakers

GPB News - Politics

Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill Passes CommitteeSunday Alcohol Sales Bill Passes Committee

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.

Wildlife Lands Face Cuts, New FeesWildlife Lands Face Cuts, New Fees

Georgia may lease less land for its wildlife management areas and charge hikers, paddlers and others new fees to cope with budget cuts. Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams said in an interview with The Associated Press that his agency may stop leasing up to 25,000 acres in its existing wildlife management areas. He does not expect any will close.

Sunday Alcohol Plan Gets SpotlightSunday Alcohol Plan Gets Spotlight

A proposal that would allow cities and counties in Georgia to legalize alcohol sales on Sundays is headed to a Senate committee Wednesday. Georgia is one of only three states in the nation that still forbids stores from selling alcohol on the Sabbath. Former Gov. Sonny Perdue opposed Sunday sales and vowed to veto any law passed in the Legislature approving the measure.

 Deal, Barnes Unite for Slain Trooper's Widow Deal, Barnes Unite for Slain Trooper's Widow

A state trooper gunned down in a traffic stop late last year has prompted a scramble at the state Capitol to make sure his widow is able to keep her health insurance benefits. Lawmakers - led by House Speaker David Ralston - are rushing through a bill that would permit the spouse of a state employee killed in the line of duty to continue health coverage under the state plan.

Deal Wants To Expand Drug CourtsDeal Wants To Expand Drug Courts

Governor Nathan Deal is pushing alternative sentencing programs as a way of reducing the prison population. It's all about the cash-strapped state budget. Deal wants more drug courts as a way to keep non-violent offenders out of jail, reducing the need to lock them up. Coastal Glynn County started up a drug court about twelve years ago.


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