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Utilities Move Closer To Campaign Contributions

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.

Senate Spotlights '10th Amendment'

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.

Civil Rights Officials Investigate Mosque

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.

HOPE Bill Clears Higher Ed. Panel

The Senate Higher Education Committee has approved an overhaul of the HOPE scholarship that will make cuts to the awards many Georgia college students receive.

Gingrich Takes Small Step Toward '12 Presidential Run

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has taken a small first step toward a presidential run in 2012. Gingrich said Thursday he would run on a campaign of creating more jobs in the U.S., and shrinking the size of the federal government.

General Assembly Day-23 Roundup

Illegal Immigration - The Georgia House passed a bill sponsored by Representative Matt Ramsey, a Peachtree City Republican, by a vote of 113-to-56.

House Debates Immigration Bill

State Rep. Matt Ramsey told his House colleagues that a bill he sponsored is necessary to crack down on the employment of illegal immigrants in Georgia.

Will Newt Gingrich Run for President?

The buzz around Georgia this week has been whether former Congressman Newt Gingrich will run for president in 2012.

Could Georgia Opt-Out Of Health Law?

Governor Nathan Deal says, he'll take up President Barack Obama's offer of an early opt-out of the federal health care law. Some health care advocates are skeptical the state can go its own way in so short a period of time.

House Passes HOPE Bill

The state House overwhelmingly passed a bill Tuesday that would overhaul Georgia’s college scholarship program. House Democrats and Republicans passionately debated Gov. Deal’s HOPE bill for 90 minutes.