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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State utility regulators decided Tuesday to allow Georgia Power to close two outdated coal fired plants.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.

Senate Committee OKs Open Records Changes

A Senate committee has approved proposed legislation that would make obtaining public documents cheaper while stiffening penalties for illegally withholding public information and shortening the window of public scrutiny for candidates for university president under Georgia's open government laws

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.

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.

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