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Revised Plan Opens $220 Million Hole

A revised tax reform plan would create a large funding gap in the state budget next year. That’s according to a report by the state auditor. The plan would give nearly every Georgian a tax cut.

Macon-Bibb Consolidation Stalls, Again

Two legislative measures lay out plans to consolidate Macon and Bibb County under one government. But Macon House members are tabling both bills.

Ethics Commission Lightens Lobbyists Disclosures

The state ethics commission says, lobbyists can spend undisclosed sums of money on most state employees.The decision Tuesday comes after high-speed rail advocates sent Georgia's House Speaker, his family and staff to Europe last year.

Savannah Council Broke Meeting Laws

The state Attorney General's office says, Savannah City Council broke open meeting laws when it met in secret. Attorney General Sam Olens wants to change those laws to give elected officials more leeway in hiring decisions.

Funding Plan Worries Domestic Violence Shelters

Some domestic violence shelters in the state are worried they will lose funding to serve everyone who needs their services. That’s because the state wants federal funds alone to support the shelters and the shelters say federal money could come with more restrictions.

Senior Advocates Push For Care Choice

Advocates for the elderly are getting nervous about the fate of legislation that would let residents of assisted living homes stay there longer. The bill easily passed the Senate, but with three days left in the General Assembly, the House has yet to vote on it.

Georgia Voter ID Law Approved

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp says the U.S. Department of Justice has approved Georgia's requirement for new voter registration applicants to provide evidence of U.S. citizenship.

Lawmakers Off From Session This Week

The state Capitol will be quiet this week, at least from official General Assembly activity. But lawmakers will have lots to do once they return next Monday for the final three days of the Session.

State Tax Plan Won't Boost Revenue

State lawmakers spent the week squabbling over whether a proposed tax plan would give every Georgian a tax break. Democrats have argued with Republicans, and House leaders have argued with those in the Senate.

Lawmakers Break, Capitol Roundup

State lawmakers will jump into spring break a day earlier than originally planned, with no General Assembly session Friday. That move is to give legislators more time to iron-out sticking points in a proposed tax reform plan.