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Bills Pass By House Deadline

House lawmakers made a dash for the finish line during the General Assembly’s longest and busiest day of the legislative session.

New Guidelines For Food Stamps

The Georgia Senate passed a bill that would require food stamp recipients pursue “personal or professional development” to retain their state benefits. The legislation is aimed at encouraging self-sufficiency and accountability.

Charter School Bill Passes House

The State House has passed enabling legislation to allow the state to commission charter schools in Georgia. The question over whether the state or local school boards should fund charter schools divided House Democrats and Republicans.

Mapping Super Tuesday's SPLOST Results

Super Tuesday gave Georgia voters in select counties an opportunity to vote for or against a 1% sales tax. Proceeds from the potential tax increase fund county and municipal SPLOST projects. The projects generally focus on education or transportation.

Paul Supporters Will Fight On

Former Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich handily won his home state on Super Tuesday with about 50 percent of the vote. That left Mitt Romney in second, Rick Santorum a close third, and Ron Paul last.

Gingrich Holds On To Lead

Election results find Newt Gingrich with a comfortable lead in Georgia's Presidential Preference Primary. Tuesday night Gingrich jumped out to an early lead early. With just 1% of precincts reporting, several news outlets declared Gingrich the Georgia winner.

Up To The Minute Presidential Primary Results

View breaking Presidential Preference Primary Election results with this interactive map from Google and The Associated Press. The map automatically updates as data pours in from counties across the state.

Romney wins VA, Gingrich wins GA

Mitt Romney has won Virginia and Newt Gingrich has won his home state of Georgia as voters across 10 states choose a GOP candidate on Super Tuesday. Romney and Rick Santorum were also waging a fierce battle for Ohio.

New Details In 2013 State Budget

A revised 2013 state budget heads to a full house chamber for a vote Wednesday. There have been some last minute changes to the 19.2 billion dollar plan, including a boost in funds for Georgia’s University and Technical College Systems.

Bill Lowers Open Records Cost

The cost of getting government documents would drop in Georgia under legislation passed by House lawmakers. The House of Representatives voted 154-5 on Monday to approve a rewrite of Georgia's open government law. The bill now heads to the state Senate.