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MADD Pushes 'Interlock' Bill

Mothers against Drunk Driving rallied today to push a bill mandating so-called 'interlocks' to the floor. The bill would require DUI offenders to blow into a breath device in their vehicle.

Session's Crossover Day Fast Approaching

Lawmakers will be especially busy during Monday's scheduled Day-29 of the 40 day General Assembly calendar, as Crossover Day approaches. Wednesday is the last day a piece of legislation has to pass at least one chamber in order to have a chance to become law by the legislative session's end.

Dems Hear Sympathetic Voices On Bills

Democratic state lawmakers heard almost exclusively from speakers opposed to new state immigration laws as they brought their special committee to Savannah this weekend. The panel is a Democratic version of an all-Republican one that met last year.

Tax Plan Might Need Voter OK

Georgia voters might have to weigh in on a proposal to restructure the state’s tax system.

Sunshine Laws Revamp Pushed To '12

A move to re-write Georgia’s sunshine laws will not happen this Legislative session. Instead, the bills’ backers will take more time to craft the measure.

House OK's Budget Plan

The House has approved an $18.25 billion spending plan that boosts health insurance premiums for state employees and teachers by 20 percent but also restores some money for school nurses and low-income Medicaid recipients.

General Assembly Day-27 Roundup

HOPE Plan Ready For Deal's Signature - Legislation to revamp the HOPE scholarship has made it through the General Assembly, and will get the signature of Governor Nathan Deal next week.

Bill Would Allow Cities to Charge Fees for Vacant Properties

Georgia cities may soon get some state help with dilapidated properties. The state Senate passed a bill Thursday allowing cities to create registries of vacant and foreclosed properties. The empty homes often become eyesores and lower property values.

Senate Opens Politics To Utilities

The state Senate passed a bill that would allow utilities to make political contributions. The bill’s proponents say continuing to keep entities such as power companies out of politics violates a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

University Fights For Cancer Research

The president of Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta wants lawmakers to put funding for the institution’s cancer research back into the state budget.