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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.

House Approves Booster Seat Changes

The House has approved legislation that would require six and seven year-old's to use booster car seats. Currently, the law applies to children under age six. The House approved the bill by a vote of 128-32. Children over 4 feet, 9 inches tall or over 40 pounds are exempt.

Budget Includes Money to Study Raising Lake Lanier

The state senate passed a budget Wednesday that includes two million dollars to study raising the water level of Lake Lanier. Republican Senator Butch Miller is from Gainesville where Lake Lanier sits. He says raising the pool two feet would help the region’s water needs.

Vote on Tax Reform Plan Stalled

State lawmakers were unable to come to an agreement Wednesday on a tax reform plan.

Black Leaders Sue Over New Cities

A new lawsuit says, Georgia is fencing out black voters with newly-created white-majority cities in Atlanta's suburbs.