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Religious Liberty Bill In Jeopardy After Panel Cancels Review Meeting

The future of Georgia’s “religious liberty” bill looks increasingly in doubt, as lawmakers wrap their 2015 session. The House Judiciary Committee expected to take up the bill has decided not to meet.
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Plastic Bag Ban Defeated In House, Solar Panels Bill Headed To Deal

The Georgia House has rejected a bill preventing cities from banning plastic bags. But a bill allowing people in Georgia to finance solar panels the same way they borrow money for homes or lease cars is headed to Gov. Nathan Deal.
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Deal Signs Order Requiring Preparation For Medical Marijuana Law

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed an executive order requiring state agencies to start preparations now for the enactment of the state's medical marijuana bill. He says he has ordered the Georgia Composite Medical Board to create a patient waiver and physician certification form.
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Georgia House And Senate Announce Deal On Autism Bill

An autism insurance bill considered dead just a day ago has new life.
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Georgia House And Senate Announce Deal On Autism Bill

An autism insurance bill considered dead just a day ago has new life.

After Spending Scandals, Rep. Aaron Schock Says Goodbye

Once a fast-rising star in the Republican Party, Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock gave his final speech on the House floor Thursday.

Is Capitol Hill Ready To Rest Its Near-Annual 'Doc Fix' Exercise?

Updated at 12:10 p.m. E.T.

Saudis Target Houthi Positions In Yemen

Saudi Arabian warplanes pounded Houthi rebels overnight in an effort to stop their advance on southern Yemen.
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Ga. House Committee Chair Says No Floor Vote On Autism Bill

The chairman of a key House committee says a proposal to require insurance coverage of autism therapy won't receive a floor vote this session. Rep. Richard Smith, a Columbus Republican who chairs the House Insurance Committee, told House members Wednesday that the bill is "bad policy."
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House Approves Gov. Deal's 'Failing Schools' Amendment

The Georgia House has approved Gov. Nathan Deal's plan allowing a state takeover of "chronically failing" schools, setting up a statewide vote in 2016.

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