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State Senators have weakened a bill that would require the state to spend fees on their intended purposes. The original version would have forced the state to cut the tire fee and other fees according to how much lawmakers appropriated for the purpose in the previous year.
GOP supporters of a bill that would allow the state to approve charter schools are still hoping the state Senate will vote on it before the legislative session ends. But Senate Democrats say they are unified against the legislation. The bill would allow voters to decide if the state should have the power to okay charter schools. Its backers say the schools give parents more choices.
A State House committee heard testimony Tuesday supporting a bill that would lift the ban on hunting with a silencer. But some are questioning whether the proposed law would make it easier for people to commit a crime or poach animals without getting caught.
The Senate education committee unanimously passed a bill Monday that would revoke bonuses for Georgia teachers who cheat on standardized tests. The Democratic-backed legislation now goes to the full Senate for a vote before heading to the governor's desk. Under current policy, teachers can receive bonuses or incentive pay based on the standardized test scores of their students.
While it's hard to catch metal thieves lawmakers and law enforcement officials say making it tougher for them to re-sell the stolen items is one way to fight the growing problem. The Senate Public Safety committee voted unanimously to pass a bill that would require a title to be presented when reselling trailer parts that are worth more than $850 dollars.