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Lawmakers Extend Jobless Benefits

State lawmakers at the 11th hour agreed to a small change in Georgia unemployment law. It will allow 22,000 people to receive an additional 20 weeks of unemployment benefits.

Longterm Unemployment Benefits Extended

State lawmakers at the 11th hour agreed to a small change to state unemployment law. It will allow 22,000 Georgians to receive an additional 20 weeks of unemployment benefits.

Seniors Can Stay in Assisted Living Longer

A bill that would allow the elderly to remain in assisted living centers will head to Governor Nathan Deal for this signature. Under current Georgia law, seniors are sometimes moved to nursing homes unwillingly when they are no longer mobile or can’t take their medications.

Deal Will Determine Special Session Agenda

Lawmakers are finishing up this year’s legislative session. But they will be back at the Capitol this summer for a special session on redistricting. Gov. Nathan Deal will decide what else is on the agenda.

Immigration Crackdown Heads to Gov. Deal

The controversial illegal immigration reform bill passed on the last day of the General Assembly. Immigrant rights groups and members of the business community opposed it up to the final debate.

Bill Allowing Utilities to Make Political Contributions Headed to the Governor

Utilities such as Georgia Power will be able to make political contributions under a bill that’s headed to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature. If the Governor signs it, the measure will overturn a 36-year ban on such contributions.

Lawmakers Use Campaign Finance Bill to Close Lobbyist Loophole

State lawmakers Thursday gave their final approval to a bill aimed at closing a loophole in the state's ethics law. The fix is attached to a bill that watchdog groups say is ethically challenged.

Lawmakers OK Healthcare Compact

Republican lawmakers want Georgia to join with other states to assert each state’s right to regulate its healthcare industry. Today they passed a measure that will allow the state to enter a compact with others.

Airplane Tax Break Awaits Gov.'s OK

A bill on its way to the governor's desk extends a sales tax exemption on airplane parts. But an amendment to the measure also gives tax breaks to developers of malls, amusement parks and resorts. Some economists say that's a waste of taxpayer money.

Lawmakers Rush Through Final Day

Sine Die is here. Day 40 of the 40-day General Assembly session is underway from the state Capitol. And it’s the final day for lawmakers to pass bills that would then be sent to the Governor's desk for his signature.