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Commuter Rail Project Nearly Dead

A major commuter rail project that would involve a quarter of the state’s transportation districts—is on life support. The proposed Atlanta-to-Griffin-to-middle Georgia line might not go before voters next year. The state’s 12 region roundtables had until midnight Monday to pare-down their project lists to fit within projected revenues from a proposed regional penny sales tax. While the two regions south of Atlanta ok’d the projects (Middle Georgia and Three Rivers) needed to link the passenger line together, Atlanta’s did not.

Tensions Mount At Capitol

In only the second day of the state's legislative redistricting process, tensions erupted in the Georgia Senate Tuesday as Democrats accused their Republican colleagues of shutting them out and not allowing them to present alternate maps to a plan that could see a vote as soon as this week.

Georgia Appeals Block On Immigration Law

Attorneys for the state of Georgia say they've appealed a federal judge's decision blocking parts of the state's law cracking down on illegal immigration. Spokeswoman Lauren Kane says the appeal was filed Monday with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Public Redistricting Meeting Held Tuesday

A once-a-decade redistricting session got underway Monday at the state Capitol to re-draw legislative maps. Lawmakers will hold the first public meeting on proposed maps Tuesday. But watchdog groups are already concerned that the public is being shut out of the process.

Macon Voters Heading To Polls

Runoff election will decide next mayor and state senator. Early voter turnout has been heavy. Current mayor facing off against former mayor.

Special Session Starts

Legislators return to the state Capitol Monday for a special session to re-draw legislative maps. It will determine the lines of both state legislative and congressional districts. The process will affect how Georgians vote for the next ten years.

11th Circuit Strikes Health Care Mandate

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled against a portion of the Affordable Care Act. By a 2 to 1 ruling, judges struck down the mandate that virtually all Americans must carry health insurance or face penalties. The judges ruled the mandate exceeded the government’s power to control interstate commerce.  

Reapportionment Maps Released

Maps detailing proposed changes to legislative districts are being made public. Lawmakers will begin a special session on Monday to make final decisions. Some lawmakers could lose seats.

Gas Tax On Special Session Agenda

Gov. Nathan Deal wants legislators to ratify his decision to temporarily suspend state gas tax increases. It would be part of the special session.

Augusta Doctors Sue Medicare

A group of primary care doctors in Augusta has filed a federal lawsuit against the agencies that oversee Medicare. The suit argues that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is using an illegal system to decide Medicare payments to doctors. A spokesperson for the R-U-C said the committee only makes recommendations as any citizen has the right to do. Their recommendations are usually made public by the government.

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