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.
The $18.25 billion spending plan expected to be up for a full house vote Friday has some changes from Governor Nathan Deal’s proposal.
The budget had to account for a loss of some billion dollars in federal stimulus funds for education and Medicaid.
HOPE Passes Senate - The Georgia Senate on Wednesday passed a bill dramatically overhauling the cash-strapped HOPE scholarship program. The bill is part of Gov. Nathan Deal's plan to keep lottery programs like HOPE and prekindergarten from going broke. It passed 35-20.
New revenue numbers show collections are up significantly from this time last year.
The state netted $148 million more last month over February 2010.
The $715,270,000 taken in is up 26%.
Individual income tax collection drove the rise, more than doubling to $185 million.
The state Senate Ethics Committee Monday unanimously approved a bill that would allow regulated utilities to contribute to political campaigns in Georgia.
A coalition of ethics watchdogs said they were disappointed in the vote.
Republicans have declared Monday Tenth Amendment Day in the Senate, and they plan to vote this week on three bills that highlight the constitutional amendment that relegates to the states any powers not given to the federal government.
Authorities say issues surrounding a proposed mosque in Gwinnett County are now the focus of a federal civil rights investigation.
The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division told WSB-TV in a statement that it has an ongoing investigation but declined further comment.