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Transportation Vote Shift On Hold

Facing tea party opposition, Governor Nathan Deal has abandoned for now plans to shift a public vote on a transportation tax hike until the November 2012 general election.

Draft Congressional Maps Head to House Vote

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.

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.