Gov. Nathan Deal has signed off on state House and Senate redistricting maps. And the congressional maps will likely head his way this week. But debate continues on the maps, and it hinges on interpretations of the federal Voting Rights Act.
The lobbyist for Georgia's public defender system has been named to lead the state's ethics commission.
Holly LaBerge, of Senoia, was selected on Friday as executive secretary of the panel that handles campaign finance complaints and oversees lobbyists.
The Republican-controlled state House approved new congressional district maps Thursday. Democrats say the maps are part of a systematic plan to isolate minority voters. But Republicans insist they are following federal laws designed to protect minority voters.
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."