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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.

House To Vote On Budget

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.

General Assembly Day-26 Roundup

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.

Feb. Tax Collections Surge

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.

Day-25 General Assembly Roundup

Deal Amends Planned Pre-K Cuts - Governor Nathan Deal says an outcry from parents and teachers made him rethink his original plan for cuts to Georgia’s pre-kindergarten program.

Deal Changes Music Hall Leadership

Gov. Nathan Deal Monday appointed three new members to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Authority Monday.