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Monday, February 28, 2011 - 3:40am

Lawmakers Hit Session Mid-Point

Georgia's General Assembly arrives at the halfway point with Day-20 on the Legislative calendar.

Of activity on the schedule Monday, a bill that would crack down on illegal immigration will get a look by a House committee. State Republican Representative Matt Ramsey says he hopes a few changes he made to his legislation will help it pass through the House Judiciary Non-Civil panel by the end of the day. If that happens, the bill would move on to the House Rules committee, which would decide when and if it gets a full House vote.

Ramsey says one alteration to his bill -- the addition of an aggravated felony identity fraud provision for anyone who knowingly shows false documents or information when applying for a job. That he says, should address concerns of employers who have trouble identifying false documents from applicants.

Sometime this week, the full House is expected to vote on a dramatic overhaul of the state's lottery-funded HOPE scholarship. Governor Nathan Deal’s plan, which has bipartisan support, flew through a pair of committee hearings last week.

The proposal includes a full ride on tuition—but only for those with a 3.7 grade point average or better. Those with a 3.0 GPA would get 90-percent tuition covered.