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Ga. Lawmakers Pass Dozens Of Bills On Last Day Of Session

Georgia lawmakers have adjourned the 2015 legislative session after passing dozens of bills. Lawmakers worked until their midnight deadline Thursday, and have sent the measures to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.

Could Chris Christie Appoint Himself To The U.S. Senate? Yes, He Can

Thought exercise: What if the indictment of Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez ... could once again potentially place an appointment of a U.S. senator in the hands of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie?

Indiana, Arkansas Struggle With Changes To 'Religious Freedom' Laws

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET Lawmakers in Indiana and Arkansas wrestled today with new language for "religious freedom" measures that have sparked controversy for what critics say amounts to an open invitation for businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians.
Gov. Nathan Deal

Governor Says He Will Sign Transportation Funding Proposal

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he looks forward to signing a transportation funding bill aimed at raising $900 million.
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Savannah Tourism Leaders Say Transportation Bill's Hotel Tax Could Harm Industry

Leaders of Savannah’s tourism industry say a provision in a transportation bill approved by Georgia lawmakers late Tuesday could threaten local businesses across the state. The $900 million bill creates a new $5 nightly hotel-motel tax to help pay for the state’s roads and bridges.

Indiana Law: Sorting Fact From Fiction From Politics

The culture wars are always percolating beneath the surface in presidential politics until something or someone pushes them to the surface.
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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
Uber

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.

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