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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.

Echols: Privatize Nuclear Waste Disposal

As Japan struggles to contain radiation at its damaged nuclear reactors, Georgia’s newest Public Service Commission member wants to make sure that country's problems don't slow America’s nuclear renaissance.

Redistricting Already Mired in Controversy

Lawmakers will be back at the Capitol this summer for a special session. They need to redraw legislative maps from new census data. And the redistricting effort is already off to a rough start.

Landfill Bill Delayed

Some Middle Georgians are organizing against what they call a threat to their drinking water. They say Senate Bill 110 would make it easier to get landfill permits.

Committee Considers Tax Reform Ideas

State legislative leaders on Thursday proposed lowering the income tax rate and leaving groceries untaxed. During a special committee meeting, lawmakers endorsed some recommendations from a tax reform council but rejected others.

Thousands Of Immigration Activists Rally

More than 5,000 opponents of two state immigration bills rallied at the state Capitol Thursday. The rally included chants, drumming, prayers and a song by a homegrown duo.

Health Exchange on Hold in Georgia

State lawmakers recently tabled legislation that would have created a federally-mandated state health care exchange. That leaves Georgia with some unused cash. Georgia received a $1 million grant from the federal government to create a state healthcare exchange.

Tax Reform Still Alive Under Gold Dome

Georgia’s unemployment rate has been hovering around 10 percent for over a year. Creating jobs was a much talked about issue during last fall's election.

Census: Ga. Tax Collections Down 8 Percent

Census Bureau data show Georgia's total state government tax collections dropped about 8 percent in fiscal year 2010.