Day 38 – Monday, March 26, 2012


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

GPB News - Politics

Welfare Drug Testing Bill Moves ForwardWelfare Drug Testing Bill Moves Forward

Georgia lawmakers have passed a bill that would require welfare recipients to take a drug test before receiving benefits. GOP supporters of the measure say it would save taxpayers money but opponents say it’s unconstitutional and uncharitable. The bill would target what supporters call abuse of a government benefit, namely the federal welfare program.

House Rejects Changes to Abortion BillHouse Rejects Changes to Abortion Bill

Abortion opponents are hailing a pair of victories in the State House. House lawmakers Tuesday rejected an attempt by state senators to loosen restrictions on a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks. Two senate-backed amendments failed in the House. One would have protected doctors who perform abortions from being held criminally accountable.

Senate OKs Open Records Law Overhaul Senate OKs Open Records Law Overhaul

State lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that would introduce the first major changes to the state’s open meetings and records act in a decade. It would stiffen penalties for agencies that withhold open records and boards that hold meetings in secret.

Lawmakers Pass $39B Budget For Coming YearLawmakers Pass $39B Budget For Coming Year

Georgia lawmakers have approved a $39.5 billion budget plan for the coming financial year that earmarks roughly $100 million in last-minute money for infrastructure. House and Senate lawmakers voted Tuesday to approve the spending plan for the financial year starting in July. It now heads to Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

Atlanta Responds To Immigration ComplaintAtlanta Responds To Immigration Complaint

The city of Atlanta has asked a newly created state panel charged with ensuring that public employees and agencies comply with state laws on immigration to delay action on a complaint filed against the mayor and city council members. The city's legal department Monday sent its response to the Immigration Enforcement Review Board.



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