Georgia cities may soon get some state help with dilapidated properties. The state Senate passed a bill Thursday allowing cities to create registries of vacant and foreclosed properties.
The empty homes often become eyesores and lower property values.
The state Senate passed a bill that would allow utilities to make political contributions. The bill’s proponents say continuing to keep entities such as power companies out of politics violates a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.
The $18.25 billion spending plan expected to be up for a full house vote Friday has some changes from Governor Nathan Deal’s proposal.
The budget had to account for a loss of some billion dollars in federal stimulus funds for education and Medicaid.
HOPE Passes Senate - The Georgia Senate on Wednesday passed a bill dramatically overhauling the cash-strapped HOPE scholarship program. The bill is part of Gov. Nathan Deal's plan to keep lottery programs like HOPE and prekindergarten from going broke. It passed 35-20.
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.
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.