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Tax Reform Vote Pending

A legislative committee approved a tax reform plan that would lower the income tax rate and leave groceries untaxed.

Reports Cast Doubt On Drug Courts

Two new reports are casting doubt on whether creating more drug courts in the state will save taxpayers money. One of them comes from public radio's This American Life. Host Ira Glass profiled the Glynn County drug court run by Judge Amanda Williams.

Sex Trade Bill Heads to Deal's Desk

The Senate has unanimously approved legislation that overhauls the way Georgia treats sex traffickers by imposing higher fines and stiffer sentences while also offering new treatment options to people who could be victims of the sex slave trade.

Lawmakers Grapple with Second Budget Hole

State senators Monday presented their ideas for balancing next year’s state budget. It totals $18 billion.

Ethics Questions For Utility Contributions

A bill under consideration at the Capitol would allow utility companies to contribute to political campaigns. But it might not pass muster with state ethics laws.

Supreme Court Rejects Troy Davis Appeal

The US Supreme Court has cleared the way for Georgia to set an execution date for Troy Davis. Davis' case has sparked international condemnation. Amnesty International is among the groups that doubt Davis killed Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989.

Key Senate Panel OK's Budget

The Senate Appropriations Committee has unanimously approved an $18.2 billion budget for the coming fiscal year.

Lawmakers Have Full Week Ahead

State lawmakers only have seven working days left in this year’s legislative session. Monday, they reconvene for day-34 on the calendar. It begins a full five-day week.

Big Votes This Week in Georgia Statehouse

State lawmakers only have seven working days left in this year’s legislative session. This week they will cast final votes on some key issues, including the budget, Sunday alcohol sales and possibly immigration.

Democrats Court Voters Outside Atlanta

The party that ruled Georgia politics for a century has been losing ground for a decade. Republicans now control the legislature and all constitutional offices. So state Democrats want to reach voters outside of the party’s base in Atlanta.

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