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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.

Athens Lawmaker Targets Constitution

Lawmakers gathered at the State Capitol Thursday to introduce Senate Resolution 673. The resolution petitions Congress to call a convention to propose a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. constitution.

State Agencies Deal With Cuts

State legislators continued to hold budget hearings on Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2013 spending plan Wednesday. Most state agencies are dealing with two percent budgets cuts. And that often means doing the same amount of work with less money.

State Senators Unveil Legislative Agendas

Republican and Democratic state senators unveiled their legislative agendas this week and at first glance, there are many similarities. But the two sides have very different ideas about how government should help Georgians prosper.

Court Wants Death Penalty Clerk

The Georgia Supreme Court is asking state lawmakers to fund a new clerk who would only work capital cases. Chief Justice Carol Hunstein on Wednesday urged lawmakers to approve the request for about $80,000 to hire a new capital case docket clerk for those cases.