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Savannah Council Broke Meeting Laws

The state Attorney General's office says, Savannah City Council broke open meeting laws when it met in secret. Attorney General Sam Olens wants to change those laws to give elected officials more leeway in hiring decisions.

Funding Plan Worries Domestic Violence Shelters

Some domestic violence shelters in the state are worried they will lose funding to serve everyone who needs their services. That’s because the state wants federal funds alone to support the shelters and the shelters say federal money could come with more restrictions.

Senior Advocates Push For Care Choice

Advocates for the elderly are getting nervous about the fate of legislation that would let residents of assisted living homes stay there longer. The bill easily passed the Senate, but with three days left in the General Assembly, the House has yet to vote on it.

Georgia Voter ID Law Approved

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp says the U.S. Department of Justice has approved Georgia's requirement for new voter registration applicants to provide evidence of U.S. citizenship.

Lawmakers Off From Session This Week

The state Capitol will be quiet this week, at least from official General Assembly activity. But lawmakers will have lots to do once they return next Monday for the final three days of the Session.

State Tax Plan Won't Boost Revenue

State lawmakers spent the week squabbling over whether a proposed tax plan would give every Georgian a tax break. Democrats have argued with Republicans, and House leaders have argued with those in the Senate.

Lawmakers Break, Capitol Roundup

State lawmakers will jump into spring break a day earlier than originally planned, with no General Assembly session Friday. That move is to give legislators more time to iron-out sticking points in a proposed tax reform plan.

State Tax Reform Plan At Impasse

State lawmakers are at an impasse over a tax reform plan. And they have decided to take another week to resolve their differences. They will reconvene after Spring break and take up the issue again, in an attempt to break the impasse.

Music Hall Of Fame Board Rejects All Bids

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame Authority Board today/Thursday rejected all four cities wanting to host the museum. But, the door remains open for the City of Macon.

Tax Reform Negotiations Continue

State lawmakers were unable to come to an agreement Wednesday evening on a tax reform plan, so work will continue Thursday.

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