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Lawmaker Wants Voluntary Weapons Permits

A House lawmaker has pre-filed legislation that would make getting a concealed weapon permit voluntary.

Another Shakeup For Ethics Panel

A member of Georgia's ethics commission is stepping down from the panel after just three months to accept an appointment as a judge. Chan Caudell, of Cornelia, told The Associated Press he would submit his letter of resignation to Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday.

Alabama Immigration Law in Spotlight

Alabama's attorney general has become the highest ranking Republican official to suggest throwing out parts of his state's tough new immigration law, as he recommended that lawmakers repeal some portions of the statute that have been put on hold by federal courts and clarify some others.

3 Special Elections Settled

Newnan businessman Mike Crane will take his seat in the state Senate after winning the District 28 runoff Tuesday.

Edna Jackson Wins Savannah Run-Off

Savannah voters ended a two-way contest for the city's mayor's office by choosing Edna Jackson to lead the coastal city. The retired university administrator defeated attorney Jeff Felser with 56% of the vote.

Columbus Mayor Forms Rail Commission

The mayor of Columbus says, she's forming a commission to push for regional passenger rail service to the west Georgia city. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has put several community and business leaders on the commission.

Court Rules in Favor of Transgender Woman

The federal appeals court in Atlanta has ruled in favor of a former Georgia state legislative aide who was fired amid her sex change.

Loganville Lawmaker Resigns

A Metro Atlanta state lawmaker is resigning. State Representative Len Walker says, he plans to submit his resignation to Governor Nathan Deal in 10 days. He'll become senior chaplain at a church in North Georgia's Pickens County.

Tax Tribunal Idea Returns

State lawmakers are looking into setting up a tribunal to arbitrate tax disputes between the state department of revenue and taxpayers. The special tax council appointed by former Governor Sonny Perdue recommended the tribunal in January.

Grocery Tax Idea Revived

Republican state lawmakers considering ways to reform Georgia’s tax code are looking at taxing groceries. A joint committee on tax reform discussed the idea Monday in preparation for the upcoming legislative session.

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