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Lawmakers Target High Prison Rolls

Georgia lawmakers want to set up a special council to study ways of reducing Georgia's prison population. Like other states around the country Georgia is pushing for reforms in how it deals with non violent offenders.

Obama's Budget Restores Coast Guard Unit

President Barack Obama's budget restores funding to an elite Coast Guard unit. The 85-member Maritime and Safety Security Team is based in St. Marys. The team is responsible for high-level specialized security and is part of the nation's anti-terrorism response.

Chief Justice Urges Sentencing Reform

Chief Justice Carol Hunstein says it's time for Georgia to reform its tough criminal sentences.

Advocates Push Ethics Reform

Ethics Reform Advocates are pushing for limits on lobbyist spending. Interests groups and representatives from both parties lobbied at the capitol today in support of a $100 limit on lobbyist spending.

Sunday Sales To Get GOP Senate Caucus Hearing

Senate Republicans will meet Wednesday to decide whether a bill to allow Sunday sales of alcohol in Georgia will make it to the full Senate for a vote.

Lawmakers Consider Sidewalk Biking Bill

Right now children 12 and under can bike down sidewalks in some parts of the state. Under a bill proposed by representative Doug McKillip, R-Athens, the age limit would be thrown out.

Bills Would Change PSC

Some lawmakers want to make the elected body that regulates utilities in the state more accountable to the public. The Public Service Commission recently approved one of the biggest energy rate hikes in Georgia history.

Immigration Bill: Racial Profiling Concerns

Today the House Judiciary committee heard final testimony on a controversial immigration reform bill.

Proposal Ties University Tuition Hikes to Inflation Rate

A proposed constitutional amendment in the Georgia House would limit tuition increases at the state’s universities to the rate of inflation.

New Push For Trauma Care Funding

There’s a new effort underway at the state Capitol to push for a permanent trauma care network funding source. It’s still connected to vehicle registration fees—but with a twist.

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