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Feb. Tax Collections Surge

New revenue numbers show collections are up significantly from this time last year. The state netted $148 million more last month over February 2010. The $715,270,000 taken in is up 26%. Individual income tax collection drove the rise, more than doubling to $185 million.

Day-25 General Assembly Roundup

Deal Amends Planned Pre-K Cuts - Governor Nathan Deal says an outcry from parents and teachers made him rethink his original plan for cuts to Georgia’s pre-kindergarten program.

Deal Changes Music Hall Leadership

Gov. Nathan Deal Monday appointed three new members to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Authority Monday.

Utilities Move Closer To Campaign Contributions

The state Senate Ethics Committee Monday unanimously approved a bill that would allow regulated utilities to contribute to political campaigns in Georgia. A coalition of ethics watchdogs said they were disappointed in the vote.

Senate Spotlights '10th Amendment'

Republicans have declared Monday Tenth Amendment Day in the Senate, and they plan to vote this week on three bills that highlight the constitutional amendment that relegates to the states any powers not given to the federal government.

Civil Rights Officials Investigate Mosque

Authorities say issues surrounding a proposed mosque in Gwinnett County are now the focus of a federal civil rights investigation. The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division told WSB-TV in a statement that it has an ongoing investigation but declined further comment.

HOPE Bill Clears Higher Ed. Panel

The Senate Higher Education Committee has approved an overhaul of the HOPE scholarship that will make cuts to the awards many Georgia college students receive.

Gingrich Takes Small Step Toward '12 Presidential Run

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has taken a small first step toward a presidential run in 2012. Gingrich said Thursday he would run on a campaign of creating more jobs in the U.S., and shrinking the size of the federal government.

General Assembly Day-23 Roundup

Illegal Immigration - The Georgia House passed a bill sponsored by Representative Matt Ramsey, a Peachtree City Republican, by a vote of 113-to-56.

House Debates Immigration Bill

State Rep. Matt Ramsey told his House colleagues that a bill he sponsored is necessary to crack down on the employment of illegal immigrants in Georgia.

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