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Tax Reform Deadline Approaches

With only days left in this year’s legislative session, lawmakers are pushing comprehensive tax reform legislation through the General Assembly. A joint committee introduced a massive tax reform bill Monday that would reduce taxes.

Obama Visiting For Money Or Votes?

When President Barack Obama leaves Atlanta this evening after three fundraising events, he’s likely taking hundreds of thousands of dollars with him. But winning Georgia’s votes in November might be a different story.

Governor Signs Revised 2012 Budget

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law the amended budget for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Welfare Drug Testing Bill Revised

Georgia lawmakers are revising a bill that opponents say is almost certain to land in federal court. It would require welfare recipients to take a drug test before receiving benefits. Its sponsor says the measure would save taxpayers money but others say it’s unconstitutional.

Activists Protest Gun Bill

Students, teachers and some lawmakers are campaigning against what they consider dangerous gun legislation. Activists worry weaker gun restrictions will compromise public safety.

Jobless Benefits Bill Stalled

Georgia’s labor commissioner wants lawmakers to okay jobless benefit changes. The plan would help re-pay $700 million the state borrowed to cover unemployment reserves. But the measure appears stalled in the House.

Fee Redirection Bill in Peril

State Senators have weakened a bill that would require the state to spend fees on their intended purposes. The original version would have forced the state to cut the tire fee and other fees according to how much lawmakers appropriated for the purpose in the previous year.

Charter School Bill in Limbo

GOP supporters of a bill that would allow the state to approve charter schools are still hoping the state Senate will vote on it before the legislative session ends. But Senate Democrats say they are unified against the legislation.

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.