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Friday, March 4, 2011 - 4:11am

General Assembly Day-23 Roundup

Illegal Immigration - The Georgia House passed a bill sponsored by Representative Matt Ramsey, a Peachtree City Republican, by a vote of 113-to-56. Ramsey says the most important section of the bill is one that requires employers to use a federal database called E-Verify to check the immigration status of new hires. The legislation now moves on to the Senate, where a similar bill passed out of committee Wednesday.

Guns - State lawmakers are again considering a proposal that would allow more gunowners to bring their firearms into churches and the parking lots of more schools. A Senate committee met Thursday to discuss legislation that would allow gun owners to carry weapons into churches, synagogues and other houses of worship as long as it's OK with the congregations. The measure sponsored by Republican state Senator Jeff Mullis would also make it easier for permit-holders to renew their licenses.

Sunday alcohol sales - Georgia’s attorney general says it is not unconstitutional to allow voters to decide whether they want Sunday alcohol sales in their communities. Sam Olens sent a letter to two state lawmakers, writing that the proposed referendum "could be legally enacted." Some Senate Republicans have questioned whether the legislation conflicted with the Georgia Constitution. Sunday sales legislation had a quick start in the Session, passing committees in both chambers. But the measure hit a roadblock in the Senate, which has refused to bring it to the floor for a full vote.

Indemnification pay - Georgia highway workers and their families are one step closer to getting money from the state if they are injured or killed while on duty. The state House passed a bill 165-0 on Thursday that would include highway workers in the list of public servants that get indemnification pay. The list already includes police officers, firefighters, emergency workers and prison guards. The bill now goes to the Senate.