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Public Redistricting Meeting Held Tuesday

A once-a-decade redistricting session got underway Monday at the state Capitol to re-draw legislative maps. Lawmakers will hold the first public meeting on proposed maps Tuesday. But watchdog groups are already concerned that the public is being shut out of the process.

Macon Voters Heading To Polls

On Tuesday Macon voters head to the polls to elect a new mayor and state senator in a runoff election. The mayor will not take office until January, but the State Senator could be sworn in by next week.

Special Session Starts

Legislators return to the state Capitol Monday for a special session to re-draw legislative maps. It will determine the lines of both state legislative and congressional districts. The process will affect how Georgians vote for the next ten years.

11th Circuit Strikes Health Care Mandate

A blow today to President Obama's health care overhaul. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled against a portion of the Affordable Care Act.

Reapportionment Maps Released

Today lawmakers released maps detailing proposed changes to Georgia’s legislative districts. On Monday the legislature will meet in a special session to finalize the maps.

Gas Tax On Special Session Agenda

Gov. Nathan Deal wants legislators to ratify his decision to temporarily suspend state gas tax increases. It would be part of the special session.

Augusta Doctors Sue Medicare

A group of primary care doctors in Augusta has filed a federal lawsuit against the agencies that oversee Medicare. The suit argues that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is using an illegal system to decide Medicare payments to doctors.

Graves, Rogers Settle Loan Suit

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit accusing U.S. Rep. Tom Graves and a state lawmaker of defaulting on a $2.3 million loan to buy and renovate a Calhoun motel.

Regions Propose Transportation Wish Lists

All of Georgia's transportation regions are scheduled to have their spending proposals for a possible new sales tax finalized by the end of the week. The lists detail how officials want to spend revenue from a transportation tax.

Lawsuit Challenges Fayette Co. Voting

This week, civil rights attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against Fayette County. They say the county’s at-large elections violate the Voting Rights Act.