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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.

State Legislators Begin Final 10 Days of Session

State legislators on Monday embark on the final 10 days of this year’s legislative session. The House and Senate will spend this week reviewing the bills that have already passed one chamber.

Census Details Today's Georgia

Georgia's rural population is shrinking, according to the U.S. Census.

Forecasting Session's Final 10 Days

With Wednesday's long legislative day known as Crossover Day now past, state lawmakers roll-up their sleeves for the final 10 working days of the 40-day General Assembly.

Trauma Care Among Dead Bills

Crossover Day at the Capitol included dozens of bills considered by lawmakers well into the evening. And for many pieces of legislation, their run ended on Wednesday.

Airline Tax Breaks OK'd by House

House members were busy on Wednesday’s crossover day handling many bills before the midnight deadline. Two bills to extend tax breaks for the airline industry passed through the House Wednesday. House members voted yes to a partial gas tax exemption for Atlanta-based Delta Airlines.

Alcohol, Gun Bills Pass Senate

A bill that would let communities legalize Sunday alcohol sales at stores passed the Senate on Wednesday. The lengthy debate in the Senate produced some surprising comments.