In a political upset, Congressman Jack Kingston lost the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate Tuesday night to millionaire businessman David Perdue. The Savannah representative gave up the seat he’s held in Congress for 22 years to run for U.S. Senate in a bid to help the GOP win back control of that chamber. What’s more, he won the backing of nearly all prominent Republicans in Georgia. But it wasn’t enough to stem a tide of anti-Washington fervor that’s tarred Republicans as much as Democrats. Kingston said the race is about more than who represents Georgia in the Senate. “The battle for America is so much bigger than David Perdue or Jack Kingston,” the Congressman said in his concession speech. “It’s about taking over the U.S. Senate.
 
Legislation to allow voters to decide whether alcohol could be sold by retailers in their communities on Sundays has been passed by the state Senate. The vote was 32-22 to approve, following over two hours of debate.
State Republicans have bowed to pressure from opponents of federal health care reform. Leaders pulled the bill from the House floor Wednesday.
A bill that would send 9-1-1 fees back to local communities has a chance to pass this legislative session. In 2009, the state estimated the fees totaled nearly $16 million dollars a year.
The House voted to create a panel to study the state's tough sentencing laws. Georgia spends about $1 billion a year on corrections. It has one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation.
The state Senate Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill to allow licensed gun owners to carry weapons in church.
Women who seek abortions would be able to sue a clinic if it violates state regulations under a bill the state Senate passed Wednesday.
A key lawmaker in the state Senate says he expects Sunday alcohol sales to be on the chamber's agenda by Wednesday.
Senate Bill 112 would help parents in custody disputes. Also lets parents transfer visitation. Georgia one of few states lacking legal protection.
The Sunday alcohol sales bill is scheduled for a vote in the state Senate on Wednesday. If the bill does not pass, it will be dead for this legislative session.
Voters may have to sign off on parts of a plan to overhaul Georgia’s tax code. That's delaying lawmakers from voting on the package.