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Lawmaker Wants Voluntary Weapons Permits

A House lawmaker has pre-filed legislation that would make getting a concealed weapon permit voluntary. It would eliminate the requirement for a permit to carry a gun or knife longer than 5 inches that is not visible.

Another Shakeup For Ethics Panel

A member of Georgia's ethics commission is stepping down from the panel after just three months to accept an appointment as a judge. Chan Caudell, of Cornelia, told The Associated Press he would submit his letter of resignation to Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday.

Alabama Immigration Law in Spotlight

Alabama's attorney general has become the highest ranking Republican official to suggest throwing out parts of his state's tough new immigration law, as he recommended that lawmakers repeal some portions of the statute that have been put on hold by federal courts and clarify some others.

3 Special Elections Settled

Emory Dunahoo Jr. has won a runoff election for a seat in the Georgia House representing a district in Hall County. Newnan businessman Mike Crane will take his seat in the state Senate after winning the District 28 runoff. And in Senate District 50, John Wilkinson captured 58 percent of the vote to win his runoff against Rick Austin.

Edna Jackson Wins Savannah Run-Off

The election of Edna Jackson as Savannah mayor signifies continuity with the outgoing administration. She had the support of current mayor Otis Johnson, who couldn't run for re-election because of term limits. She also had the support of the chamber of commerce, major unions and the city's daily newspaper.

Columbus Mayor Forms Rail Commission

The mayor of Columbus says, she's forming a commission to push for regional passenger rail service to the west Georgia city. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has put several community and business leaders on the commission. She hopes the panel will help efforts to build a Columbus to Atlanta rail link, one of city leaders' top priorities.

Court Rules in Favor of Transgender Woman

The federal appeals court in Atlanta has ruled in favor of a former Georgia state legislative aide who was fired amid her sex change.

Loganville Lawmaker Resigns

A Metro Atlanta state lawmaker is resigning. State Representative Len Walker says, he plans to submit his resignation to Governor Nathan Deal in 10 days. He'll become senior chaplain at a church in North Georgia's Pickens County. The Gwinnett County Republican has served in the legislature for 17 years.

Tax Tribunal Idea Returns

State lawmakers are looking into setting up a tribunal to arbitrate tax disputes between the state department of revenue and taxpayers.

Grocery Tax Idea Revived

Republican state lawmakers considering ways to reform Georgia’s tax code are looking at taxing groceries. A joint committee on tax reform discussed the idea Monday in preparation for the upcoming legislative session.