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Georgia garnishment law advances from state Senate

Georgia garnishment law advances from state Senate

A last-minute attempt to amend Georgia’s updated garnishment law was defeated Tuesday, and the state Senate voted to move it forward unchanged.
Bill seeks end of DeKalb CEO position

Bill seeks end of DeKalb CEO position

A proposal to eliminate DeKalb County’s powerful CEO position has been introduced at the Georgia General Assembly.
Bill seeks changes to how police testify to grand juries

Bill seeks changes to how police testify to grand juries

Police officers accused of killing or seriously injuring a suspect would no longer get the last word in grand jury proceedings under legislation filed Tuesday in the Georgia House.
Packed panel votes against LGBT protections in Georgia

Packed panel votes against LGBT protections in Georgia

State House leaders on Monday packed a subcommittee with nonmembers to help vote down a bid to extend civil rights protections to gay, lesbian and transgender Georgians.
Legislation could ease kinship care woes

Legislation could ease kinship care woes

About 128,000 children in Georgia and an estimated 103,000 grandparents and other non-parental relatives could be affected by legislation scheduled to be introduced this week by Rep.
‘Gaps’ led to children’s deaths, DFCS admits

‘Gaps’ led to children’s deaths, DFCS admits

For the first time, Georgia’s child-protection agency is acknowledging that “significant gaps” in its performance have contributed to the deaths of children under its supervision.
Strong tax collections improve Georgia's financial picture

Strong tax collections improve Georgia's financial picture

In another sign that Georgia’s economy is going strong, state tax collections were up 10 percent in January, making it more likely there will be a big surplus when the fiscal year ends June 30.
State tax collections spike in January

State tax collections spike in January

In another sign that Georgia’s economy is going strong, state tax collections were up 10 percent in January, making it more likely there will be a big surplus when the fiscal year ends June 30.
Anti-Obama climate legislation stalled in Georgia Senate

Anti-Obama climate legislation stalled in Georgia Senate

Georgia senators have likely put off for another year a bill to fight President Obama’s climate change plans, essentially taking a wait-and-see approach as the state pursues an already filed legal challenge.
Southwest Georgia pipeline gets federal OK

Southwest Georgia pipeline gets federal OK

A highly controversial gas pipeline across Southwest Georgia gained near-final approval this week when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission signed-off on the project.
Emergency personnel from outside Georgia could provide disaster aid

Emergency personnel from outside Georgia could provide disaster aid

Doctors, nurses, veterinarians and emergency medical personnel from outside Georgia would be allowed to provide aid here in event of a major disaster like a hurricane or terror attack, under a measure unanimously approved Thursday by the state Senate.
Lawmaker seeks return of smaller Delta tax credit

Lawmaker seeks return of smaller Delta tax credit

Less than a year after lawmakers stripped Delta Air Lines of a lucrative tax break on the purchase of jet fuel, a top House member wants to give at least part of it back.
Bills target athletic events and religious expression on uniforms

Bills target athletic events and religious expression on uniforms

New legislation in the Georgia General Assembly takes aim at prohibitions on athletic competitions between public and private schools and at discrimination against religious symbols on sports uniforms — if personal expression ever is allowed on them.
Georgia sets new voter registration record

Georgia sets new voter registration record

Georgia set a new voter registration record ahead of its March 1 presidential primary, with more than 54,000 people registering to vote or updating their registration status within a week before Monday’s registration deadline.
It may soon be safe to wear an NRA cap to the polls in Georgia

It may soon be safe to wear an NRA cap to the polls in Georgia

Inspired by a Georgia man made to remove his cap before voting because it carried the logo of the National Rifle Association, the Georgia Senate on Wednesday approved a measure meant to clarify what “campaign material” is and is not allowed near polling locations.
House boosts GPA of tough classes for HOPE

House boosts GPA of tough classes for HOPE

The Georgia House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to boost the GPA credits for college students who take tougher classes.
Groups clash over ‘religious liberty’ at the Georgia Capitol

Groups clash over ‘religious liberty’ at the Georgia Capitol

Georgia’s fight over religious freedom and gay rights spilled Tuesday into the hallways of the Capitol, with both supporters and opponents making their case about so-called “religious liberty” legislation that has vexed Georgia’s corporate leaders, gay community and members of the state’s Republican Party.
Bring your Amex to pray on Jekyll

Bring your Amex to pray on Jekyll

God won’t take cash. On Jekyll Island, at least, He won’t. If you want to pray at Faith Chapel, bring your Visa or American Express.
Lawmaker withdraws bills after fallout from Klan comments

Lawmaker withdraws bills after fallout from Klan comments

State Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, Monday pulled his name from three pieces of controversial legislation after his comments about slavery, the Ku Klux Klan and the Civil War drew national attention.
Religious opt-out for gay marriage opponents gets hearing in Georgia

Religious opt-out for gay marriage opponents gets hearing in Georgia

A little publicized hearing Monday on legislation that would allow religious non-profit organizations to opt-out of serving gay couples or follow government anti-discrimination requirements has stoked the fears of opponents that Senate Bill 284 may be on a fast track in Georgia.
Teachers frustrated over evaluations tied to test results

Teachers frustrated over evaluations tied to test results

When English teacher Kelli De Guire watched students scrawl one- or two-sentence responses to essay questions on an important test last semester, feelings of anger and powerlessness crept over her.
State lawmaker’s Klan comments rebuked by colleagues, critics

State lawmaker’s Klan comments rebuked by colleagues, critics

Some of state Rep. Tommy Benton’s Republican colleagues Friday sought to distance themselves from his controversial comments about the Ku Klux Klan and slavery, while Democratic activists called on House Speaker David Ralston to strip him of his chairmanship.
Voter registration deadline looming for Georgia’s March 1 primary

Voter registration deadline looming for Georgia’s March 1 primary

Let’s go, Georgia voters! Monday is the last day you can register to vote in Georgia’s upcoming presidential primary, giving you only days to throw your name into the registered voting pool ahead of the March 1 election.
Voter registration deadline looming for Georgia’s March 1 primary

Voter registration deadline looming for Georgia’s March 1 primary

Let’s go, Georgia voters! Monday is the last day you can register to vote in Georgia’s upcoming presidential primary, giving you only days to throw your name into the registered voting pool ahead of the March 1 election.
Cutting Georgia’s forests

Cutting Georgia’s forests

Who should dictate a forest’s health?Mother Nature? Or man?The U.S. Forest Service is attempting to “revitalize” large swaths of the 750,000-acre Chattahoochee National Forest in far north Georgia.
Man’s Day held at state Capitol

Man’s Day held at state Capitol

Members of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus held Man’s Day at the state Capitol on Thursday.The purpose of Man’s Day was to encourage men to vote and be active participants in their communities.
Top Ga. lawmaker criticized for Klan comments

Top Ga. lawmaker criticized for Klan comments

A state lawmaker’s take on Civil War history and rise of the Ku Klux Klan has been met with condemnation from Democrats and calls for House Speaker David Ralston to discipline him.
Can APS, DeKalb Schools survive cuts?

Can APS, DeKalb Schools survive cuts?

Several measures in the General Assembly take aim at school funding, landing direct hits on the budgets of Atlanta and DeKalb schools.
Senator pitches gun control despite push to expand rights in Georgia

Senator pitches gun control despite push to expand rights in Georgia

Gun dealers would have to provide a gun lock with every purchase of a firearm and Georgians judged mentally ill would have to get sign-off from a health professional before having their rights restored, under gun control measures proposed Thursday by state Sen.
Lawmakers want to allow guns on campus

Lawmakers want to allow guns on campus

Georgia lawmakers will again consider a plan to allow guns on the state’s college campuses.Reps. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, and Mandi Ballinger, R-Canton, on Wednesday filed House Bill 859, which would make it legal for any age 21 or older with a state weapons license to carry guns onto public college and university campuses.
Lawmakers moving quickly on $1 billion in added state spending

Lawmakers moving quickly on $1 billion in added state spending

State lawmakers are rushing a midyear budget that adds $1 billion in new state spending through the General Assembly in their continuing effort to make this election-year session as quick and painless as possible.
Place your bets? Senate panel OK’s legalized horse racing in Georgia

Place your bets? Senate panel OK’s legalized horse racing in Georgia

A Senate committee bet big Wednesday on legalized horse racing in Georgia, approving two key measures that would create a new “division of horsing racing” within the Georgia Lottery Corporation and ask voters to approve parimutuel betting statewide.
Senate panel bets on horse racing in Georgia

Senate panel bets on horse racing in Georgia

A Senate committee bet big Wednesday on legalized horse racing in Georgia, approving two key measures that would create a new “division of horsing racing” within the Georgia Lottery Corp.

Facebook-posting education official loses his job

The Georgia education official who posted online about race, religion and partisan politics was out of a job Tuesday, as his boss, state school Superintendent Richard Woods, said he was “disheartened and disgusted” by what he saw.
Bill would create new state civil rights law

Bill would create new state civil rights law

Georgia is one of only five states without a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination in public accommodations.
Bill would enforce limits on purchases of allergy medicine

Bill would enforce limits on purchases of allergy medicine

Rep. Valerie Clark, R-Lawrenceville, urged fellow lawmakers on Tuesday to pass legislation that would enforce purchasing limits on products containing pseudoephedrine, a common ingredient in allergy medicine.
Deal reached in Georgia craft brewery battle

Deal reached in Georgia craft brewery battle

Georgia’s craft beer makers won a major victory Tuesday in a compromise that ends a contentious battle at the Legislature, but not all breweries are celebrating.
Georgia craft breweries: ‘This is not a victory’

Georgia craft breweries: ‘This is not a victory’

Georgia breweries won’t be seeing any changes to the three-tier system this year. In a deal reached Tuesday, the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild agreed to drop attempts to introduce legislation in exchange for an adjustment to Department of Revenue regulations.
Breaking: Deal reached in craft brewery battle

Breaking: Deal reached in craft brewery battle

Georgia’s craft beer and liquor industries have reached an agreement with the state’s wholesalers that will end a contentious battle over how these small businesses operate, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.
Georgia senators wants to name road after Creflo Dollar

Georgia senators wants to name road after Creflo Dollar

The Rev. Creflo Dollar first wanted a private jet. Now, he may get a Georgia road. A proposal in the state Senate would dedicate a portion of Old National Highway in south Fulton County as the new “Creflo Dollar Highway,” a nod to the prosperity preacher’s influence as what the proposal calls “a world-renowned Bible teacher, a sought-after conference speaker and a best-selling author, with hundreds of books, CDs, and DVDs in distribution worldwide.
Georgia data breach lawsuit dismissed after plaintiffs say it worked

Georgia data breach lawsuit dismissed after plaintiffs say it worked

A class-action lawsuit alleging a massive data breach by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office has been dismissed at the request of the plaintiffs, after they said it accomplished their goal of forcing the state to acknowledge the personal data of more than 6 million registered voters had been exposed.
A path to prosperity? Georgia may get a 'Creflo Dollar Highway'

A path to prosperity? Georgia may get a 'Creflo Dollar Highway'

Rev. Creflo Dollar first wanted a private jet. Now, he may get a Georgia road. A proposal in the state Senate would dedicate a portion of Old National Highway in South Fulton County as the new “Creflo Dollar Highway,” a nod to the prosperity preacher’s influence as what the proposal calls “a world-renowned Bible teacher, a sought-after conference speaker and a best-selling author, with hundreds of books, CDs, and DVDs in distribution worldwide.
Some cracks appear in GOP leadership inside Georgia’s Capitol

Some cracks appear in GOP leadership inside Georgia’s Capitol

Georgia Republicans have been able to rattle off a long list of achievements over the past five years at the state Capitol because of a near-lockstep embrace of their top priorities by GOP leaders.
The budget process starts to crank up

The budget process starts to crank up

The Legislature is sure to spend considerable time on issues such as casino gambling, religious liberty and even the HOPE scholarship.
Bill would let bikers leave the helmet at home

Bill would let bikers leave the helmet at home

A Georgia lawmaker wants to let adult motorcyclists leave the helmet at home.Rep. Tom Kirby, R-Loganville, has filed House Bill 797, which exempt anyone over the age of 18 from the state’s helmet laws.
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