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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.

Presidential Primary Voting Saturday

In-person voting for Georgia’s presidential primary will be held Saturday, February 25, 2012, says Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Venezuelans In Georgia Burn Ballots

In what’s poised to be one of Venezuela’s most heated elections in history, a young governor named Henrique Capriles will go up against the ailing President Hugo Chavez in October.

VIDEO: Tea Party Groups Unite At State Capitol

Lawmakers hosted Georgia Tea Party Day at the state capitol Wednesday. Three years to the day the party was founded Georgia Tea Party members say the party has evolved from rallies and protests to influencing policy and legislation.

Senator Proposes New Water Bill

State senators are considering a bill aimed at capturing water in Georgia before it reaches Tennessee. Chickamauga Republican Jeff Mullis says his bill would clarify the legality of proposed new reservoirs on north Georgia creeks and rivers.