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Lawmakers Late On Tax Payments

About a fifth of Georgia's state lawmakers have failed to pay their taxes on time. An investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows that federal, state or local governments have filed liens against 16 state senators and 32 representatives. A lien allows government officials to seize a person's property and sell it to recoup a tax debt.

Bill Challenges Federal Regulations

Georgia U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss are among Senate Republicans pushing for a one-year moratorium on new federal regulations. They say the new rules will stifle business. Environmentalists see the moratorium as another example of putting business interests before public health.

New 'Gang' Tackles National Deficit

Washington’s Gang of Six has swelled to 34. US Senator Republican Saxby Chambliss of Georgia is leading a new bi-partisan coalition of senators with a mission to reduce the 14 trillion dollar national deficit.

State Black Caucus Meets In Savannah

Georgia's black lawmakers are getting a glimpse of next year's state legislative session through Saturday. The all-Democratic group is meeting in Savannah to discuss priorities including criminal justice, education and creating jobs. Black caucus chairman State Senator Emmanual Jones of Decatur says, the conference also includes addresses from leaders in the Republican majority.

Tea Party Against Transportation Tax

Georgia’s Tea Party is continuing its effort to thwart a vote on a transportation sales tax. Last month, it stifled a proposal to move the vote from next July to next November. Now, the political group says it’s against the vote entirely, and its opinion could sway a lot of voters.

Another Partial Shutdown of the FAA?

Georgia Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss is supporting the U.S. Senator holding up debate on a funding extension to the Federal Aviation Administration.The FAA could face another partial shutdown if Congress doesn’t pass the measure by midnight Friday.

Separate Transportation Sales Tax Campaigns

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce will coordinate distinct regional marketing campaigns for next year’s transportation sales tax vote. Officials overseeing the campaigns will also be seeking private funds to bankroll them.

Town Explores First Lady's Roots

Tourism may be looking up for a Clayton County city in the near future. Research has shown that first lady Michelle Obama has family ties to Rex, 15 miles south of Atlanta. Clayton County Commission chairman Eldrin Bell says his staff is working to develop a historical site in the town.

97 Communities Pick Sunday Sales Vote

A tally by the Georgia Food Industry Association finds that 97 cities and counties throughout Georgia are set to hold Sunday sales referendums during the November general election later this year. The group said the votes represent about 2.5 million Georgians.

Co-Payments Planned For Peachcare

People who receive government-subsidized health care could deal with higher co-payments this fall. It's an effort to save the state millions of dollars. The proposal would raise co-payments for Medicaid and for the first time require co-payments for Peachcare services.