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Senate Democrats Want HOPE Income Cap

State Democratic Leaders want to re-instate an income cap on Georgia’s HOPE college scholarship program. They say it would help shore up the program’s finances and give more needy students a chance.

Bill Targets Public Broadband

Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers says governments looking to get into the broadband business must play by the same rules as private providers and educate citizens prior to starting a new communications network.

Bill Expands Student ID Voting

A House subcommittee passed a measure Monday on voter identification. The bill would allow students who attend private universities in Georgia to use their student IDs to vote. Public university students have been able to use their student I-Ds to vote since 2005.

Bill Makes Student ID OK For Voting

A photo ID issued by a college would be enough to prove a resident was eligible to vote under a bill being debated by Georgia lawmakers.

Bill Would Cap State Spending

There is division among state Republican leaders over capping how much the state spends each year. A bill drafted by state Senators would call for a constitutional amendment to give Georgians a vote on spending limits. The bill is called the Taxpayer Protection Act.

EPD Proposes Strict Permit On Ogeechee

State environmental regulators are proposing stricter limits and more monitoring for a Screven County textile factory being sued over last year's massive fish kill in the Ogeechee River.

Victorious Gingrich Heads To Florida

Former House speaker and Georgia congressman Newt Gingrich took a giant step Saturday toward becoming the Republican alternative to Mitt Romney that tea partyers and social conservatives have been seeking for months.

PolitiFact Rates Port Claim 'Half True'

PolitiFact is giving Governor Nathan Deal a "half-truth" rating for saying Savannah harbor deepening will create jobs. Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed were in Washington Friday seeking federal funds for the expansion.

Seniors Lobby for More Funds

Advocates for older Georgians asked state legislators Thursday to allot more federal social service funding for senior citizens.

Budget Cuts Will Continue

Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2013 spending plan is about 4 percent larger than the revised 2012 budget. That reflects increased tax revenues. But state officials told lawmakers Thursday, there'll be no reprieve from budget cuts next year.

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