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Lawmakers Use Campaign Finance Bill to Close Lobbyist Loophole

State lawmakers Thursday gave their final approval to a bill aimed at closing a loophole in the state's ethics law.

Lawmakers OK Healthcare Compact

Republican lawmakers want Georgia to join with other states to assert each state’s right to regulate its healthcare industry. Today they passed a measure that will allow the state to enter a compact with others.

Airplane Tax Break Awaits Gov.'s OK

A bill on its way to the governor's desk extends a sales tax exemption on airplane parts. But an amendment to the measure also gives tax breaks to developers of malls, amusement parks and resorts. Some economists say that's a waste of taxpayer money.

Lawmakers Rush Through Final Day

Sine Die is here. Day 40 of the 40-day General Assembly session is underway from the state Capitol. And it’s the final day for lawmakers to pass bills that would then be sent to the Governor's desk for his signature.

Redistricting Prompts Partisan Debate

A state Senate committee on redistricting met for the first time Wednesday to discuss the process of redrawing legislative maps from the new census data.

Lawmakers Stuck on Immigration

Lawmakers have just one day to sort out their differences over an illegal immigration reform measure.

General Assembly Day-39 Roundup

State lawmakers worked into late Tuesday evening on the next to last day of the General Assembly session. Movement on a Sunday alcohol sales bill, immigration, and the state budget was included on Tuesday's agenda.

Governor Will Approve Sunday Sales

A bill that would allow communities to decide if they want local stores to sell alcohol on Sundays is heading to the Governor's desk. The bill survived many hurdles before passing in the state House late Tuesday.

House Closes Ethics Loophole

An 11th-hour proposal to close an ethics loophole exempting lobbyists from disclosing what they spend on gifts to staff members of elected officials has passed a House committee with the backing of Speaker David Ralston.

House OK's Assisted Living Home Bill

The House has approved legislation that would allow more of Georgia's elderly to reside in assisted-living facilities, rather than nursing homes.

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