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Charter School Bill Crosses Party Lines

State lawmakers passed a bill last week that would let Georgians decide whether the state should approve charter schools. It now heads to the Senate where support is mixed. But the GOP-backed measure had rare bi-partisan backing in the House.

Bill Would Help Find Unclaimed Vets' Remains

A bill that passed the state senate Friday would require funeral directors to take special action when it comes to unclaimed remains of U.S. Military veterans.

Senate Honors Pioneer For Black History Month

In honor of black history month the state Senate honored one of their own, who made history more than forty years ago. When Senator Leroy Johnson was elected back in 1964, he became the first African-American to serve in the Georgia State Senate since Reconstruction.

Abortion Hearing Met With Support And Opposition

Activists on both sides of the abortion debate packed a meeting room at the state capitol Friday. State lawmakers are considering a bill that would outlaw abortions after the first 20-weeks of pregnancy unless the mother's life is threatened.

Casino Concern Drives Land Bill

One Georgia lawmaker is proposing a bill that would make it harder for Native Americans to get state consent for tribal lands. Brunswick State Senator William Ligon introduced the legislation over gambling concerns.

Poll: GA Wants To Vote On Horse Racing

A new poll released Friday shows that 72% of Georgians support bringing horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering to the ballot in November. It comes on the heels of Thursday’s proposal of a bi-partisan constitutional amendment to legalize gambling on horse racing in Georgia.

Senate Votes to Cut Jobless Benefits

Georgians who lose their jobs next year could see fewer unemployment checks under a bill passed by the state Senate. Supporters say it will help re-pay $700 million Georgia borrowed from the federal government to cover unemployment reserves.

Solar Energy Bill Stalled In Committee

A bill allowing third parties to lease solar panels has been tabled in the Senate Regulated Industries Committee. The measure garnered support from both the solar industry and personal finance guru Clark Howard, who testified the bill could bring thousands of jobs to Georgia.

Juvenile Law May Change Soon

Georgia’s juvenile code is one step closer to being re-written. State lawmakers passed the revised bill. Now it moves forward to the powerful Rules Committee to decide if the bill goes to the House floor for a vote.

Mid-year Budget Clears Senate

The $18.5 billion dollar supplemental budget that covers the state through the end of June has cleared yet another hurdle.