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Georgia’s Criminal Justice System on Governor's Agenda

Republican Governor Nathan Deal began his inaugural speech yesterday talking about reforms to Georgia’s criminal justice system. The prominence of the issue gained some praise from Democrats.

Deal Lays Out Priorities At Inauguration

Nathan Deal became Georgia's 82nd Governor today. In his inaugural speech he vowed to save the HOPE Scholarship for future generations. He also condemned the federal health care law and said Georgians need to be more responsible for their own health.

Lawmakers Open 2011 Session

The snow didn’t deter lawmakers from getting to work today to start the 2011 legislation session. Most lawmakers made it to their seats to be sworn in.

A Conversation With Outgoing Governor Sonny Perdue

In a surprise to many, Sonny Perdue won the governor's office in 2002, becoming the first Republican governor of Georgia since Reconstruction--and earning a second term in 2006.

Deal Adopts Cabbage Patch Dolls

Governor-elect Nathan Deal and the soon-to-be first lady of the state Sandra Deal received two cabbage patch kids made in their likeness. At the state capitol Friday, Deal adopted the dolls made in Cleveland Georgia, a city near his own hometown.

Nathan Deal Puts Assets In Trust

Governor Elect Nathan Deal has set up a blind trust to control his personal assets while in office. Jimmy Allen, a Tifton-based accountant will oversee the governor's assets while he's in office. Allen is also a Deal supporter.

Lawmakers Seek Citizenship Limits

A measure to deny birthright U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants was introduced in Washington Wednesday. The push is being made by a group of state lawmakers from across the country, including Georgia.

Millions in Fees Redirected

The state has collected millions of dollars over the years in fees that aren’t going toward their original purpose. Local officials say if lawmakers continue to divert fees to other purposes they shouldn’t pass any more of them.

Ga. Delegation Hits The Hill

Georgia will have two new U.S. House members take their oath in Washington later today as the new Congress convenes. Tifton Republican Austin Scott out of Georgia’s 8th district, and Lawrenceville Republican Rob Woodall from the 7th.

Lawmakers Face Tough Choices

State lawmakers return to the Capitol next week to open the new General Assembly session. And it promises to be dominated once again by tough budget issues. Legislators have already sliced more than $3 billion over the past two years. And there will be more cuts coming.