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Constitutional Amendments Often Pass

State lawmakers could vote again as early as this week on a much-debated bill that would allow Georgians to vote on the state approving charter schools. Georgia voters have approved many constitutional amendments in recent years.

Amtrak Posts Georgia Ridership Record

Amtrak officials say, more Georgians got on and off their trains last year than any year before. Amtrak's Georgia ridership broke 200,000 passengers for the first in 2011.

Local Redistricting Maps Drawn

State lawmakers are busy approving county and school board election district maps. It’s part of the once-a-decade redistricting effort that began last year. Legislators are trying to complete the process quickly so the maps will be ready by race qualifying time.

Governors Meet On Stalled Port

The governors of Georgia and South Carolina are keeping quiet on a private meeting on stalled efforts to build a $5 billion cargo port on the Savannah River shared by both states.

Foreclosure Fraud Bill Pending

Georgia’s attorney general, Sam Olens, announced a $25 billion federal settlement Thursday with the nation's five largest mortgage servicers.

Metal Theft Bill Moves Forward

A Georgia Senate panel has approved a bill targeting scrap metal theft that places more requirements on recyclers and requires sellers of used cars 20 years or older without a title to prove ownership.

Senate Passes Farm Worker Resolution

The state Senate passed a resolution Thursday urging Congress to expand a guest worker program that gives visas to foreign laborers.

Lawmakers Celebrate Georgia Heritage

The Georgia Military College band played Thursday at the State Capitol to celebrate Georgia heritage. Governor Nathan Deal was there to declare Sunday February the 12th as “Georgia Day.”

Second Vote for Charter Schools Bill

State lawmakers will allow another vote on a change to Georgia's constitution that would allow the General Assembly to create more charter schools.

Bill Targets Renewable Energy

Georgia lawmakers have introduced legislation designed to encourage private investment in renewable energy sources like solar power.