Georgia physicians are not giving up their fight to convince legislators to increase the state's cigarette tax.
They say raising the cost of cigarettes by a dollar will mean fewer people will smoke, and smokers will smoke less.
A Senate committee today passed a measure that creates a commission to scrutinize bills relating to health insurance.
Members of the 16-member panel would represent hospitals, consumers, health insurance companies and small businesses.
The Sunday alcohol sales bill handily passed a House committee Tuesday, as expected. The bill has already passed the Senate. The bill could come to the House floor for a vote as early as Monday.
Proponents of the bill say the issue is convenience.
The Georgia Legislature will wrap up the 2011 legislative session on April 14.
The House on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution setting the calendar for the remainder of the 40-day session. The Senate was expected to take it up Monday afternoon.
Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue says he'll back Newt Gingrich if he seeks the Republican nomination for president.
Appearing at a Georgia Republican dinner Monday night, Perdue told reporters that the former U.S. House speaker "would make a great president."