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Lawmakers Pass Budget, Transportation Bill

Georgia lawmakers have approved a $40 billion state spending plan for the next year, giving raises to the state's top judges and pushing $103 million in costs for some part-time school employees' health insurance to local districts.

Arkansas Governor Asks Lawmakers For Changes To 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Updated at 11:59 a.m. ET
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Ga. Senate Clears Way For Continued Operation Of Uber, Lyft

Uber and other ride sharing companies may have passed their last legislative roadblock with the passage of a Georgia Senate bill mandating insurance minimums for drivers and the firms they drive for.
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State House Backs Charge On Strip Clubs To Fight Trafficking

The Georgia House has approved a constitutional amendment charging strip clubs to provide services for victims of child sexual abuse.

Protestors Gather At Capitol Against Religious Freedom Bill

Groups that oppose the controversial religious freedom bill held a rally near the state Capitol Tuesday.
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Senate OKs Bill Guaranteeing Autism Insurance For Children

The Georgia Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring insurers to offer $30,000 of insurance coverage for treating autism in children.
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Governors Met About Water Dispute

The governors of Georgia and Alabama quietly met in March to discuss their long-running water dispute.
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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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