Georgia lawmakers failed to pass a controversial gun bill by Thursday's midnight deadline ending the 2013 legislative session. One lawmaker says he’s already planning to push for the issue next year. Minutes before the House declared the session's adjournment, Representative Alan Powell of Hartwell addressed his fellow legislators. The Republican lawmaker said he pushed until the end to establish more rights for gun owners. The bill would have allowed people to carry guns in churches and on college campuses.
A bill making changes to employee benefits at a single state agency has evolved into an argument over abortion. As a result, the Georgia Senate voted Monday to forbid any state employee insurance plan from covering abortion services, with the exception of those necessary to protect a pregnant woman's life or health.
Georgia lawmakers are debating which changes they want to make to the state's gun laws as the General Assembly's annual session heads toward a close. A committee of House lawmakers debated Wednesday on the merits of differing legislative packages from two gun owners groups.
Top Georgia Lottery executives received large payouts and raises despite a law mean to curb bonuses. More than $260,000 worth of "incentive pay" went to top staffers in 2011. Lawmakers that year passed legislation to curtail bonuses for Lottery executives.
Provisional ballots from a key state Senate race in Fulton County show Republican Hunter Hill of Atlanta beat Democratic incumbent Doug Stoner of Smyrna with 64 percent of the vote. The county’s Board of Registrations and Elections finished sorting through about 11,000 provisional ballots Saturday.