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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 4:23am

Lawmakers Off From Session This Week

The state Capitol will be quiet this week, at least from official General Assembly activity. But lawmakers will have lots to do once they return next Monday for the final three days of the Session.

Some of the legislation hanging in the balance includes tax reform. The push to overhaul Georgia taxes descended into a Republican feud last week as House Speaker David Ralston said the state won't be able to reach an agreement on a plan until the Senate figures out who's in charge.

Tempers flared Thursday as daylong closed-door negotiations failed to break the logjam. Ralston blamed the power struggle in the Senate, where an eight-member committee has stripped many of the powers from Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Legislators adjourned for spring break Thursday without reaching a deal. Ralston said that without the break, the tax bill would likely be dead.

Also still to be decided--the fate of the Sunday alcohol sales bill.


Associated Press

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