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Chatham County Changes Voting Districts

Chatham County's legislative delegation has come to an agreement over how to split up county voters among school board and county commission members. Politics divided the local redistricting process.

Bibb Consolidation Passes

The Georgia House approved a bill allowing citizens of Macon to vote whether to merge the city and Bibb County governments. The bill now heads to Governor Nathan Deal for his signature.

Bill Outlaws Foreclosure Fraud

Foreclosure fraud would be a crime under a bill passed unanimously in the state Senate Wednesday. Georgia law currently criminalizes fraud during the mortgage process, but not during a foreclosure.

Tax Bill Sprinting To The Finish Line

A tax reform bill proposed on Monday could be headed for Governor Nathan Deal’s signature as early as Thursday when the state Senate plans to vote on it. Some critics say there’s not enough time to vet the bill before the end of the legislative session next week.

Domestic Violence Bill Heads To Governor

Victims of domestic violence could be required to testify against their spouses under new legislation that's headed to the governor's desk.

All Bets Are Off Horse Racing This Year

Gambling on horse racing won’t be on the ballot this November. A State House Committee tabled the bill Wednesday. Supporters are betting that the controversial legislation to legalize horse gambling will be brought to life next year—with a fighting chance to become law.

Criminal Justice Reform Goes To House

After months of debate, the proposal to overhaul Georgia's criminal justice system is headed to a vote in the state House, perhaps as early as Wednesday.

Senate Panel Approves $19.3B 2013 Budget

The 2013 state budget is on its way to the Senate for a final vote before going to the Governor for his signature. On Tuesday the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the $19.2 billion-dollar spending plan.

Tax Reform Surges Ahead

State lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill Tuesday that would reinstate the back-to-school sales tax holiday and eliminate the sales tax on energy used by manufacturers.

Plant Closings Spike Power Bills

State utility regulators decided Tuesday to allow Georgia Power to close two outdated coal fired plants. It’s a decision that complies with federal environmental rules, but it may come at a price to power customers.