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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.

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.