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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.

Farm Lobby Opposes Immigration Bill

A State Senate committee heard testimony Monday on a controversial bill aimed at curbing illegal immigration in Georgia. Among those testifying was Bryan Tolar with the Georgia Agra Business Council.

Redistricting Tug-Of-War Begins

Senate Democrats are calling for the creation of a new office that would address the minority party's concerns in this summer's redistricting process.

Sugar Explosion Still An Issue Three Years On

Monday marks the third anniversary of one of the worst industrial disasters in Georgia history. There are still several ongoing and potential cases against the Imperial Sugar company.

New Bill Targets Medicaid Fraud

A bill to prevent Medicaid fraud was introduced in the state senate today. This bill would make Medicaid recipients carry a card with a microchip containing their photo and have their fingerprints scanned each time they go in and out of the doctor’s office.

Day-11 Of General Assembly On Tap

State lawmakers will gather for Day-11 of the General Assembly Monday at the Capitol.

Lawmakers Scrutinize Immigration Bill

State lawmakers have started combing through proposed illegal immigration reform measures. A major concern is making sure a Georgia law won’t provoke a federal lawsuit.

Immigration Bill To Get Judiciary Panel Hearing

A proposed Georgia law to crack down on illegal immigration that mirrors some provisions in Arizona’s controversial law is set for a hearing Friday. Members of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee will discuss what’s inside a measure offered by state Rep. Matt Ramsey last week.