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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.

Day-13 General Assembly Roundup

State House lawmakers Thursday passed an $18 billion midyear budget to carry the state through the end of the fiscal year June 30. Republican House Appropriations Chair Terry England says In it, lawmakers restored some cuts, including a popular meals program for seniors.

Divided Savannah Council Rejects Compromise

A bitterly divided Savannah City Council Thursday rejected two compromises that would have delayed hiring a permanent chief executive for the coastal city.

Bill Proposes Separate Public Health Agency

Some lawmakers want to change the Public Health bureaucracy in Georgia. Lawmakers say The Department of Community Health has a different mission than it's division of Public Health.

House Budget Restores Some Programs

The state house passed an $18 billion budget for the rest of the year. Money for meals on wheels and the respite program that helps family members provide home care for the elderly was put back in the 2011 budget. Republican Terry England chairs the House Appropriations Committee.

House Lawmakers OK Amended Budget

The House has approved an $18 billion budget that funnels additional money to hospitals that care for large numbers of poor patients.

Alabama Concerned over Georgia Water Decisions

Alabama officials have expressed concern over Georgia’s push for reservoirs and its regulation of water transfers. The Department of Natural Resources board recently adopted rules regulating the transfer of water from one river to the next.

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