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House Budget Restores Some Programs

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.

House Lawmakers OK Amended Budget

The House has approved an $18 billion budget that funnels additional money to hospitals that care for large numbers of poor patients.

Alabama Concerned over Georgia Water Decisions

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.

House Panel OK's Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill

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.

English-Only License Tests Up In House

A bill that would mandate Georgia driver's license exams for permanent residents be given only in English is expected to face a vote in the House Wednesday.

Georgia Revenue Increase Aids Education

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.

Deal Investigates Illegal Worker Verification Program

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.

Low Turnout, High Cost In Special Election

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.

House Immigration Bill Concerns City Governments

City governments are raising concerns about the cost of implementing a state immigration reform bill.

Ralston Trip Prompts Ethics Complaint

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.