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Juvenile Code Overhaul Passes

House lawmakers have approved a large overhaul of Georgia's juvenile justice system.

Senate Tables Charter School Bill

It’s unclear if Georgians will vote in November on changing the constitution to allow the state to approve charter schools. The state Senate Wednesday unexpectedly tabled a constitutional amendment after two hours of debate.

Bill Bans Abortion After 5 Months

State house lawmakers passed a controversial abortion bill Wednesday. The so-called “fetal pain bill” cuts the time a woman could have an abortion from 26 weeks to 20 weeks. The goal is to stop late-term abortions.

Senate OKs 'In God We Trust' Decals

The Georgia Senate has approved legislation that could make the optional "In God We Trust" decals for state license plates free. Senate Bill 293 was passed by a vote of 48-3. It would also end the requirement for license plates to display a county decal and would make them optional.

Senate Debating Charter School Bill

The Georgia Senate is debating a constitutional amendment to allow the state to create charter schools. The measure failed the state House on the first vote but passed earlier this month on the second vote.

Assisted Suicide Bill Moves Forward

A state House committee passed a bill Tuesday that would make it a felony to help someone commit suicide. The bill follows a recent Georgia Supreme Court decision that struck down an existing assisted suicide law.

Conservationists Fear Tilapia Takeover

Conservationists from across the state descended on the Capitol Monday to push lawmakers for stronger protections for Georgia’s waterways. One of their priorities for “Capitol Conservation Day” is ensuring that fish native to Georgia don’t get edged out by Tilapia.

VIDEO: Gingrich Kicks Off Georgia Bus Tour

Hundreds of Gingrich supporters packed into a ballroom at the North Georgia Convention Center in Dalton. Many of them carried signs reading "Newt 2012" with hand written messages welcoming the former Georgia congressman home.

Prescriptions Flagged In Autopsies

A Senate Committee passed a bill late Monday that would enact the “Georgia Pain Management Clinic Act.” The bill requires pain management clinics be licensed, but exempts nursing homes, hospice care centers and inpatient hospitals.

Groups Protest Immigrant Student Ban

Students, educators and lawmakers plan to gather at the Georgia Capitol to protest legislative proposals that would ban illegal immigrant students from state colleges and universities.