A key House committee approved draft congressional maps Wednesday. The proposal will keep an air force base near Valdosta in the first congressional district. The draft maps now head to the full House for a vote.
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.
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."
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.