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Bill Would Legalize Living On Boats

A coastal lawmaker has introduced legislation to legalize living aboard boats. The bill would overturn a move by state environmental officials aimed at keeping human waste from Georgia's protected coastal waters.

Ga. Again Debates Tapping Tenn. Water

Once again, Georgia lawmakers are debating whether they can pipe water from the Tennessee River to fix a water shortage in metro Atlanta.

Ga. Republican Debate Cancelled

The head of Georgia's Republican Party said she will have to work hard to maintain grassroots momentum among voters after most of the GOP presidential field pulled out of a scheduled debate in Atlanta ahead of Super Tuesday.

Senate Rules: The Road To Kill The Ethics Bill?

The Senate Ethics reform package which would place a $100 gift cap on lobbyist gifts to legislators is now in the hands the Senate Rules Committee. But ethics watchdog groups say that’s a way to stall, if not kill, the bill altogether.

Charter School Bill Compromise

State Republicans and Democrats say they’ve reached a compromise on a controversial charter school bill. The new version of the constitutional amendment would stipulate that funding for public schools would not be reduced to pay for state charter schools.

Some School Workers Could Pay More For Pensions

The Senate has unanimously approved legislation that would increase the monthly contribution of certain public school employees to their retirement system from $4 to $10.

Another Day, A New Charter School Bill

A state Senator has introduced a resolution allowing Georgians to vote on whether the state can authorize charter schools. It’s nearly identical to a House version that narrowly failed on its first vote last week.

Energy Secretary Tours Plant Vogtle

Energy Secretary Steven Chu says the construction of America's first new nuclear plant in a generation in Georgia will influence whether other utilities nationwide follow suit by investing in new reactors.

Swimmers Won't Notice Beach Water Changes

Federal environmental officials are proposing new beach water quality standards. But swimmers at Georgia's beaches are unlikely to notice any changes.

Video: Georgia's Own 'Caylee's Law'

The disappearance of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony in Florida in 2008 sparked national attention and outrage at her mother Casey Anthony for not immediately reporting it.

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