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Revenue Glitch Prompts Legislation

A Georgia state senator wants to make it illegal for state agencies to take money from citizen's bank accounts without their permission.

Federal Healthcare Law Rendered Unconstitutional

Georgia was one of the 26 states that filed the federal lawsuit against health care reform. Governor Nathan Deal says the federal judge's decision that the law is unconstituional is not a complete victory.

Ga. Not Likely to Follow Arizona's Footsteps.

State Lawmakers say they will craft illegal immigration legislation that will not draw a federal lawsuit. Georgia is not likely to follow into Arizona's footsteps.

Fees Dash Revenue Hopes

Georgia budget writers expected new fees to generate millions more dollars than they're actually generating. That's the conclusion of a review of state data.

State Democrats In "Very Difficult Spot"

The new head of the state Democratic Party says the group is in “a very difficult spot”. But Mike Berlon says there's a plan in place to rebuild the party's infrastructure and reach in the state.

House Unveils Zero-Based Budget Bill

A new bill requiring zero-based budgeting will be introduced in the state House today. The move comes after the state Senate last week overrode a veto of former Governor Sonny Perdue on a similar measure. At issue is whether the vetoed bill would be legal.

Bill Filed To Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

Republican State Representative Allen Peake filed a bill this week that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Peake’s proposal claims fetuses are capable of feeling pain at 20 weeks. The bill is called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Lawmakers Battle Over Zero-Based Budgeting

Hours after a Senate attempt to undo an outgoing veto be ex-Gov. Sonny Perdue, the House on Thursday declined to back up its sister chamber, with its leader saying he prefers working with his current boss to picking a fight with his former one.

Race Divides Savannah Council

A racial rift has opened on Savannah City Council that could make it hard for a new chief executive to take the reigns in the port city. The divide is over the search for a new city manager.

Seniors Protest Budget Cuts

Money for meals on wheels is on the chopping block this year as lawmakers work on the state budget. More than a hundred senior citizens rallied at the state capitol against cuts to the home-delivered meal program and other services.