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Lawmakers Consider Sidewalk Biking Bill

Legislation is making its way through the state House that would affect people riding bikes in Georgia. One measure would allow cycling on public sidewalks.

Bills Would Change PSC

Some lawmakers want to make the elected body that regulates utilities in the state more accountable to the public. The Public Service Commission recently approved one of the biggest energy rate hikes in Georgia history.

Immigration Bill: Racial Profiling Concerns

Judiciary committee heard final testimony on a controversial immigration reform bill

Proposal Ties University Tuition Hikes to Inflation Rate

State Rep. Ed Rynders of Albany wants voters to amend the state constitution so tuition increases at state universities cannot exceed the rate of inflation. He said controlling the cost of tuition is key to saving the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship program, which is running out of money.

New Push For Trauma Care Funding

There’s a new effort underway at the state Capitol to push for a permanent trauma care network funding source. It’s still connected to vehicle registration fees—but with a twist. The measure revived this week by Douglas Republican Greg Goggans in the state Senate would peel-off $10 from the sale of each license tag and direct it into a dedicated trauma fund.

Day-13 General Assembly Roundup

State House lawmakers Thursday passed an $18 billion midyear budget to carry the state through the end of the fiscal year June 30. The plan included the restoration of a popular meals program for seniors. Additional money, about $14 million, for hospitals that care for large numbers of poor patients. And the plan also eliminates six state-funded crime victim’s advocates and closes two youth detention centers.

Divided Savannah Council Rejects Compromise

In a pair of 5-4 votes, Savannah City Council members showed that they remain bitterly divided over who should become the city's next chief executive. The split has exposed racial tensions in the city. The votes also present no clear path forward for resolving a long-simmering issue.

Bill Proposes Separate Public Health Agency

Two years ago the Public Health department was merged into the Department of Community Health. Lawmakers say a separate agency would be more effective and there would be no change in the state budget.

House Budget Restores Some Programs

But Democratic leadership says education still loses. Money for meals on wheels and the respite program that helps family members provide home care for the elderly was put back in the 2011 budget.

House Lawmakers OK Amended Budget

The House has approved an $18 billion budget that funnels additional money to hospitals that care for large numbers of poor patients.