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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.