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Senate Passes Farm Worker Resolution

The state Senate passed a resolution Thursday urging Congress to expand a guest worker program that gives visas to foreign laborers.

Lawmakers Celebrate Georgia Heritage

The Georgia Military College band played Thursday at the State Capitol to celebrate Georgia heritage. Governor Nathan Deal was there to declare Sunday February the 12th as “Georgia Day.”

Second Vote for Charter Schools Bill

State lawmakers will allow another vote on a change to Georgia's constitution that would allow the General Assembly to create more charter schools.

Bill Targets Renewable Energy

Georgia lawmakers have introduced legislation designed to encourage private investment in renewable energy sources like solar power.

Bill Limits Abortions After 20 Weeks

A Republican state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would limit abortion in Georgia, with narrow exceptions, after a pregnancy reached 20 weeks. Currently, abortion is not permitted starting in the third trimester unless it's done to protect a woman's life and health.

Savannah Harbor Nets Funding Boost

The federal government is pumping an additional $2.5 million into pre-construction work that's needed before crews could begin deepening the shipping channel to Savannah's seaport.

Google Enters Public Broadband Debate

Google is among a group of organizations urging Georgia legislators to oppose Senate Bill SB 313. It would prevent funding public broadband networks and subsidizing costs of services with public tax dollars.

Republican Race Comes To Ga

The Republican presidential race has arrived in Georgia with a month to go before the state’s primary. Candidate Mitt Romney is set to have an event with supporters in Atlanta Wednesday afternoon after his losses in three states Tuesday.

Think Tank Suggests Lottery Overhaul

A new report from a non-partisan think-tank recommends overhauling how the state uses lottery funds to pay for pre-kindergarten and college scholarships. But Gov. Nathan Deal says many of the ideas are non-starters.

Haley Rebuffs Party Over Savannah Port

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's spokesman says she plans to veto a measure opposing her board's decision to allow Georgia to dredge the Savannah River and expand its port.