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