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Gov. Deal's Failing School Takeover Amendment Passes Senate

Gov. Nathan Deal's plan to take over schools dubbed "chronically failing" is moving to the Georgia House.
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Lawmakers Expected To Talk Transportation, Schools, Religion

Three provocative pieces of legislation are on track for floor votes in the General Assembly.
Homeland Security

Ga. Congressional Delegation Votes Along Party Lines On DHS Funding

Georgia's congressional delegation broke along party lines in a vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security. The agency was set to run out of funding on Friday.
Medical Marijuana

New Bill Proposes Making Medical And Recreational Marijuana Use Legal

A new bill introduced by Sen. Curt Thompson Tuesday is different from previous proposals as it recommends making marijuana legal for medical and recreational purposes. Sen. Thompson believes this type of legislation would have a broad impact.

In Speech To Congress, Netanyahu Blasts 'A Very Bad Deal' With Iran

Updated at 2:09 p.m. ET
Benjamin Netanyahu

Watch Live: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Addresses Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint meeting of Congress in Washington, D.C. at 11 a.m. EST on Tuesday, March 3.
Cannabis Plant

New Medical Marijuana Bill In Senate Weaker Than House Form

A new bill to legalize a form of medicinal marijuana in Georgia has been filed in the state Senate, and unlike its House counterpart would set up a four-year study rather than making the drug available immediately.
Georgia Capitol building

Ga. House Approves State Funding Plan

The Georgia House has passed a state spending plan that narrows the previous years' cuts to public education spending and hires more child protection workers. The vote on Thursday sends the $44.6 billion budget to the Senate.
Cannabis Oil

Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Hurdle In Ga. Legislature

A bill to legalize cannabis oil to treat seizure disorders and seven other debilitating health problems passed a key committee in the Georgia House on Monday but faces an uphill battle in the state Senate, even in its latest, watered-down version.
Matt Ramsey

Several Ga. House Republicans React To Bowers Analysis Of Religious Freedom Bills

Eight house republicans say former Attorney General Mike Bowers’ analysis of proposed religious freedom bills is “not a credible legal document.” Bowers called the proposed legislation ‘mean-spirited’ and said it could be used to discriminate in his review.