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General Assembly Day-20 Roundup

Out of activity from Day-20 of the General Assembly Monday:

Audit Vets Capitol Police Budget

A state audit shows Georgia could save $1.6 million by downsizing the state's Capitol police. Last year, Georgia spent $6.4 million to protect state lawmakers and other officials. The report suggests eliminating the capitol's dozen or so state troopers.

Guilty Ex-Judges Lose Law Licenses

The Georgia Supreme Court has disbarred a former state court judge and accepted the voluntary surrender of another former judge's law license. Former Alapaha Circuit Superior Court Judge Brooks Blitch III of Homerville pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges in 2009.

Illegal Immigration, HOPE In Day-20 Capitol Spotlight

A legislative committee has passed a bill that aims to crack down on illegal immigration in Georgia.

Immigration Bill May Get Vote This Week

The author of a bill aimed at curbing Georgia’s illegal immigrant population expects it to get a committee vote this week. Matt Ramsey says he’s already been through several re-writes of his bill that is similar to the controversial Arizona immigration law.

Senate Democrats: HOPE Fix Rushed

Senate Democrats say the Republican plan to fix the HOPE scholarship and Pre-K program is being rushed. They want more time for the public to weigh in on the issue. They're concerned making Pre-K a half day will affect parents' schedules and the program's quality.

Lawmakers Hit Session Mid-Point

Georgia's General Assembly arrives at the halfway point with Day-20 on the Legislative calendar.

Long Odds For Gambling Proposal

A legislative proposal to allow video lottery terminals at Jekyll Island and other tourist destinations appears to be dead for the year. At least, it won't get Governor Nathan Deal's signature.

Black Officials Gather In Macon

Many of Georgia’s black elected officials will gather in Macon over the weekend. They plan to discuss issues like ethics, the state budget and redistricting.

Utilities Could Fund Campaigns Under Bill

For 36 years, Georgia law has banned utilities from giving money to campaigns for state office. This week state senator Don Balfour,R-Snellville, introduced a bill that would give utilities the same power to fund campaigns as other firms.