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Food Stamp Use Up 42%

Lack of jobs and continued weakness in the economy are sending more Georgia families into the food stamp program. The number of Georgians receiving the supplemental food assistance has jumped 42% in two years.

House Agrees To Ethics Sanctions

The House has voted to punish members who fail to pay ethics fine by banning them from participating on committees. Lawmakers approved the measure 147-4 on Wednesday. House Majority Leader Larry O'Neal said it is designed to so that lawmakers can "sanction our own folks."

Illegal Teens Allowed To Stay

Federal officials confirm that two teenagers who entered the country illegally as children and were facing deportation proceedings have been freed.

Senate Upholds Halt On Gas Tax Hike

The Senate has unanimously voted to keep in place a freeze on Georgia's gas tax. Senate lawmakers voted 50-0 to support the suspension, which took effect July 1.

Congressional Map Goes To Public

State lawmakers will hold a public hearing on a draft congressional map Wednesday near the state Capitol. The Republican-controlled state legislature unveiled the map Monday.

Deal Objects To Hall County Districts

Both chambers of the state legislature have approved new state house redistricting maps. But Gov. Nathan Deal wants lawmakers to take a second look at how the new map divides his home county.

New Macon Senator Starts Job

The Georgia Senate is welcoming Macon's former city council president as its newest member.

New Congressional District Unveiled

Georgia's newest congressional district will be based in the northeast corner of the state. The proposed congressional map unveiled by state lawmakers on Monday also redrew political boundaries for the 13 existing U.S. House districts.

Bill Limits Campaign War Chests

North Georgia U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) wants to get rid of the campaign war chests many incumbents amass while in office.

Lawmakers Tackle Congressional Maps

With the state house and senate legislative district maps approved, lawmakers turn their attention to congressional district maps Monday.Their main task will be deciding where to put a new congressional district.

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