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House Panel OK's Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill

A House panel has approved a bill that would pave the way for stores in Georgia to sell alcohol on Sundays. The House Regulated Industries Committee approved the measure Wednesday. A similar bill has already cleared a key Senate panel.

English-Only License Tests Up In House

A bill that would mandate Georgia driver's license exams for permanent residents be given only in English is expected to face a vote in the House Wednesday.

Georgia Revenue Increase Aids Education

Georgia’s revenue increased $117 million in January. That’s according to numbers released today by Governor Nathan Deal. Individual income tax and sales taxes were up 8.1 percent over January of last year. Deal says the revenue growth could aid Georgia’s education.

Deal Investigates Illegal Worker Verification Program

Governor Nathan Deal says he wants to do more research on a program employers can use to verify if their workers are legal. Conservative lawmakers have to weigh whether forcing employers to check work status hurts the state’s economy.

Low Turnout, High Cost In Special Election

State lawmakers are considering a bill to reduce the number of days people have to vote early. Supporters point to special elections like the one under way in Southeast Georgia. There, Wayne County has to staff three poll workers for 45 days.

House Immigration Bill Concerns City Governments

City governments are raising concerns about the cost of implementing a state immigration reform bill.

Ralston Trip Prompts Ethics Complaint

A member of the newly-formed Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform has filed a complaint against the lobbyist who took House Speaker David Ralston and members of his family and staff to Europe during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Farm Lobby Opposes Immigration Bill

A State Senate committee heard testimony Monday on a controversial bill aimed at curbing illegal immigration in Georgia. Among those testifying was Bryan Tolar with the Georgia Agra Business Council.

Redistricting Tug-Of-War Begins

Senate Democrats are calling for the creation of a new office that would address the minority party's concerns in this summer's redistricting process.

Sugar Explosion Still An Issue Three Years On

Monday marks the third anniversary of one of the worst industrial disasters in Georgia history. There are still several ongoing and potential cases against the Imperial Sugar company.