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Committee Debates Gun Silencer Bill

A State House committee heard testimony Tuesday supporting a bill that would lift the ban on hunting with a silencer. But some are questioning whether the proposed law would make it easier for people to commit a crime or poach animals without getting caught.

Bill Revoking Teacher Bonuses Moves On

The Senate education committee unanimously passed a bill Monday that would revoke bonuses for Georgia teachers who cheat on standardized tests. The Democratic-backed legislation now goes to the full Senate for a vote before heading to the governor's desk.

Lawmakers Cracking Down On Metal Thieves

While it's hard to catch metal thieves lawmakers and law enforcement officials say making it tougher for them to re-sell the stolen items is one way to fight the growing problem.

Bill Targets Vacant Properties

A bill headed to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature would create uniform rules for cities and counties setting up vacant property registries. The state Senate passed the bill Monday.

Alabama Immigration Ruling Could Affect Georgia

A federal appeals court in Atlanta blocked two parts of Alabama's law targeting illegal immigration Thursday.

GBI Urges Lawmakers To Fund Pay Increase

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is seeking a pay raise for its officers. GBI agents contend they are among the lowest-paid state law enforcement agents in the nation and the poor pay is forcing veteran investigators to leave for higher paying jobs.

Ethics Bill: Dead But Not Forgotten

One of the bills that didn’t survive the “crossover day deadline” at the Capitol, was an ethics bill to cap lobbyist spending. Senator McKoon, who helmed the bill has promised to work toward new ethics legislation for the next session.

Jeffersonville Sunday Alcohol Sales Fails By 1 Vote

Voters rejected Sunday sales of alcohol by a single vote in the central Georgia town of Jeffersonville. The Telegraph of Macon reports that 89 people voted in favor of the measure and 90 voted against it.

Band Among Air Force Cuts

The US Air Force is getting rid of its reserve band at Robins Air Force Base. A military spending plan cuts the 45-member band and it's eight ensembles from next year's budget. The air force created what became a Robins fixture in 1941.

Dozens of Bills Clear Senate

The state Senate heard 30 bills on an important day in the state legislature, commonly called Crossover Day. Bills had to pass must pass at least one chamber by midnight Wednesday. Otherwise, they died and will have to start all over again next year.