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Leaders Tackle Immigration Reform

Governor Nathan Deal says the state needs an immigration reform bill it can use, rather than one for show.

Bill Targets Illegal Workers

A Georgia state lawmaker is expected to unveil legislation targeting illegal immigrants in the work force. State Sen. Jack Murphy plans to discuss his proposal at a news conference Thursday at the Statehouse.

Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill Passes Committee

Sunday alcohol sales is one step closer to becoming law. It was voted out of a senate committee today. The bill lets local governments hold a vote on whether stores could sell alcohol after 12:30 pm on Sunday.

Wildlife Lands Face Cuts, New Fees

Georgia may lease less land for its wildlife management areas and charge hikers, paddlers and others new fees to cope with budget cuts.

Sunday Alcohol Plan Gets Spotlight

A proposal that would allow cities and counties in Georgia to legalize alcohol sales on Sundays is headed to a Senate committee Wednesday.

Deal, Barnes Unite for Slain Trooper's Widow

A state trooper gunned down in a traffic stop late last year has prompted a scramble at the state Capitol to make sure his widow is able to keep her health insurance benefits.

Deal Wants To Expand Drug Courts

Governor Nathan Deal is pushing alternative sentencing programs as a way of reducing the prison population. It's all about the cash-strapped state budget. Deal wants more drug courts as a way to keep non-violent offenders out of jail, reducing the need to lock them up.

Bill Would Tighten Water Transfers

Some rural lawmakers in the state house want to make sure water transfers from one river basin to another get more scrutiny from State officials. The move comes after the Department of Natural Resources issued new rules on water tansfer permits.

Bill Calls For Less Time To Vote Early

Some state lawmakers want to shorten the length of time people can vote early from 45 days to 21. The bill has bipartisan support because it would save money. Many smaller counties think it’s a good idea.

No Fed Money For Storm Cleanup

Local cleanup cost totals are coming-in from around the state for the winter storm that hit Georgia three weeks ago. And it does not appear any communities will be in-line for federal reimbursement.