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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.

Doctors Want Cigarette Tax Raise

Georgia physicians are not giving up their fight to convince legislators to increase the state's cigarette tax. They say raising the cost of cigarettes by a dollar will mean fewer people will smoke, and smokers will smoke less.

Lawmakers Want Health Insurance Bills Scrutinized

A Senate committee today passed a measure that creates a commission to scrutinize bills relating to health insurance. Members of the 16-member panel would represent hospitals, consumers, health insurance companies and small businesses.

Lawmakers Eye Tennessee River For Ga. Water Supply

The Senate passed a resolution Tuesday to study whether the state can draw water from the Tennessee River's Georgia tributaries. It could help solve the state’s water supply problem.

Sunday Alcohol Sales Set For Final Vote

The Sunday alcohol sales bill handily passed a House committee Tuesday, as expected. The bill has already passed the Senate. The bill could come to the House floor for a vote as early as Monday. Proponents of the bill say the issue is convenience.

Health Care Reform Turns One

Tomorrow marks one year since President Barack Obama signed federal health care into law. But, in Georgia the future of healthcare is far from settled.

Lawmakers Set Session's End

The Georgia Legislature will wrap up the 2011 legislative session on April 14. The House on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution setting the calendar for the remainder of the 40-day session. The Senate was expected to take it up Monday afternoon.

Perdue Backs Gingrich For '12 Run

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue says he'll back Newt Gingrich if he seeks the Republican nomination for president. Appearing at a Georgia Republican dinner Monday night, Perdue told reporters that the former U.S. House speaker "would make a great president."

Task Force Tackles State's Water Supply

A state task force formed to find new water sources met for the first time Monday. Georgia is under pressure to expand its water options.

Virtual School Rally at Capitol

Hundreds of students and families rallied at the capitol today in support of letting Georgia students go to school online. The state legislature created virtual charter schools in 2008. Students learn over the Internet, and their academics are overseen by a state-licensed teacher.