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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.

Gingrich To Meet With Gov. Deal

The biggest obstacle to a Newt Gingrich presidential bid might be Gingrich himself. The twice-divorced former U.S. House speaker has admitted an affair with a former congressional aide who is now his third wife.

House Backs Macon-Bibb Merger

A bill to consolidate Macon and Bibb County governments passed the Georgia House of Representatives Monday. The legislation, now moves on to the Senate.

Booster Seat Changes Get House OK

A bill that would raise the age children are required to be in car booster seats was passed by the state house today. Kids under eight would have to use them if they don’t meet certain measurements.

General Assembly Day-20 Roundup

Out of activity from Day-20 of the General Assembly Monday:

Audit Vets Capitol Police Budget

A state audit shows Georgia could save $1.6 million by downsizing the state's Capitol police. Last year, Georgia spent $6.4 million to protect state lawmakers and other officials. The report suggests eliminating the capitol's dozen or so state troopers.

Guilty Ex-Judges Lose Law Licenses

The Georgia Supreme Court has disbarred a former state court judge and accepted the voluntary surrender of another former judge's law license. Former Alapaha Circuit Superior Court Judge Brooks Blitch III of Homerville pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges in 2009.