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Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 2:05pm

Bill Extends Jobless Benefits

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill to extend unemployment benefits for thousands of out-of-work Georgians and another that hands Savannah-based Gulfsream Aerospace a tax break.

They were some of the 44 bills the Republican governor signed into law on Wednesday.

About 22,000 Georgians had been set to lose their unemployment benefits on July 1. The bill Deal signed into law will keep the checks flowing until Dec. 31.

The Gulfstream tax break will cost the state $4.2 million in lost tax revenue in 2012. It extends until 2013 the tax break on the sale of aircraft parts repaired or maintained in Georgia.

Deal also signed a bill requiring that antifreeze sold in Georgia be made bitter tasting.