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Farm Groups Study Labor Shortage

Agriculture groups are launching a study of this spring’s labor shortage. They say the state’s new immigration law may have scared off migrant workers. The groups want to know the impact a smaller workforce had on harvest size.

Revenue Gains Close Fiscal Year

The state finished the last fiscal year with net revenue increases in every month.

New Congressional District A Political Prize

Georgia will gain a new Congressional district this year. That’s because the state added 1.5 million residents in the last decade. State lawmakers will determine the 14th district’s boundaries at a special legislative session in August.

New Hurdles For Transportation Tax

Voters in some parts of the state could withdraw support for a 1-cent transportation sales tax as certain high-priority projects disappear from regional short lists.

Recyclers Wield Rarely-Used Power

Recycling advocates in Savannah's Chatham County say, they have enough signatures to force a vote on curbside recycling. The petitioners are taking advantage of a rarely-used power in the Georgia Constitution. The state allows citizens to repeal or amend certain local laws.

Bulloch Co. To Vote On Sunday Sales

Bulloch County Commissioners have decided to put a Sunday alcohol sales referendum on the ballot this fall. The referendum on Nov. 8 applies only to package sales of malt beverages and wine. Liquor can be purchased in the county only in restaurants with a license to pour.

Ga. Will Appeal Immigration Ruling

The state attorney general's office says the state has filed a notice of appeal of a federal judge's ruling that blocked parts of the Georgia law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect.

Lawmakers Drawing New District Maps

Now that Georgians have had their chance to weigh in on redistricting, state lawmakers are getting ready for the special legislative session in August. That means drawing preliminary legislative maps.

Georgia's Role In Independence Day

America finalized the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. 56 members of the Continental Congress signed it, signifying the American Colonies’ release from the hold of Great Britain.

Pharmacists Face More Scrutiny

A bill allowing the Georgia Board of Pharmacy to conduct physical and mental evaluations of pharmacists is now state law.