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Bill Restricts Decongestant Drug Purchases

A bill passed by the House Tuesday would restrict the sale of the decongestant pseudoephedrine to only pharmacies in Georgia. The decongestant is a key ingredient in the illegal drug methamphetamine -- the use of which has become a growing problem in the state.

FY 2012 Budget Ready

Georgia legislators have agreed to an $18.3 billion budget that pours additional state money into tax investigators, Medicaid and domestic violence shelters.

Tax Overhaul Dies Surprise Death

A tax overhaul that Republicans had promoted as a key part of their agenda is dead for the legislative session. A joint legislative panel signed off on the bill Monday morning and it appeared headed to a full House vote the same day.

House Restores Immigration Bill Provisions

The House has restored controversial provisions in its immigration bill that the Senate gutted Monday night.

New Version of Tax Overhaul Heads to House Vote

A tax reform plan that would create a $141 million hole in the 2012 state budget is headed to the House floor for a vote today.

Lawmakers Begin Final Push

It will be a final, frenetic three days for state lawmakers to finish business before the final gavel ends the 40-day Session Thursday. Today, the General Assembly is back to work after a week off.

Ga. Revenues On Upward Climb

Georgia tax revenues are continuing to rebound. State money managers reported Friday that tax collections rose $107 million — or 10.7 percent — in March when compared to the same month last year.

Shutdown Would Impact Military Pay

If politicians can’t agree on the budget the federal government will shut down tonight at midnight. And if it does, nearly 75-thousand active duty Georgia military personnel will feel the pinch immediately.

Loophole Omits Some Lobbyist Spending

Under Georgia law, lobbyists don’t have to report what they spend on state employees or the family members of elected officials. It's the second loophole found in the measure since lawmakers rewrote it last year.

Doctors Fear Medicaid Reimbursement Cuts

Some Georgia doctors are girding themselves for another reduction in the Medicaid reimbursement rate. Lawmakers proposed the cut as part of the 2012 budget. Doctors worry it may further drive down their numbers from rural areas.

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