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House bill could uncork state's wineries

When out-of-state tourists visit a Georgia winery and would like to purchase a case of the local vintage to ship home, they likely will hear the winer's whine: We can't do that.

March 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2008


State House votes to allow police to seize cars from illegal immigrants

ATLANTA - A Hall County lawmaker's bill, which would give law enforcement agencies the power to seize cars from illegal immigrants involved in traffic violations, passed the Georgia House on Thursday.

March 11, 2008 | BY HARRIS BLACKWOOD and STEPHEN GURR | Legislature 2008


Georgia House OKs tax break for tourist site expansions

ATLANTA - The Georgia House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve a bill that would give a tax break for large expansions of tourist attractions.

March 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2008


State Rep. Carl Rogers endorses proposed tax plan

ATLANTA - State Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, has signed on as a co-sponsor of a proposed constitutional amendment that would mandate any surplus in state revenues be returned to taxpayers as an income tax credit.

"We have an obligation to be fiscally responsible in our handling of taxpayer dollars," Rogers said. "By taking a long-term approach to the elimination of the personal income tax through the use of excess revenues, we can ensure that we fund our priorities and reduce the tax burden on our citizens."

February 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2008


Should Georgia fire up its cigarette tax?

A proposal to increase Georgia's cigarette tax has received strong support from health advocates, but it might not be greeted as enthusiastically by state lawmakers.

February 27, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Legislature 2008


Is there a chicken in the House?

ATLANTA - Each year, during the 40-day session of the General Assembly, many Georgia communities take an opportunity to boast a little sample of pride.

From Dalton, the Carpet Capital of the World, lawmakers are presented with a carpet mat embossed with the great seal of the state and our motto of "Wisdom, Justice and Moderation."

February 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2008


State Capitol enjoys chicken boxes

Today is Gainesville and Hall County day at the state Capitol, better known as Chicken Box day.

February 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2008


Lula post office may bear name of fallen soldier

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to approve a resolution naming the Lula post office in honor of Pfc. Johnathon Millican, a Lula native who was killed in Iraq in 2007.

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Gainesville, who authored the resolution honoring Millican, addressed the House before the vote.

February 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2008


Hall Republicans rip House Speaker Richardson's revenge

The leadership of the Hall County Republican Party is expressing its displeasure with Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson and will ask 9th District GOP members to do this same when they meet this weekend.

February 21, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood and Edie Rogers | Legislature 2008


GOP liberty caucus says Richardson's tactics 'must stop'

The Republican Liberty Caucus has joined the chorus of those seeking the reinstatement of four GOP lawmakers who were stripped of seniority positions after their vote in favor of Georgia Transportation Board Chairman Mike Evans.

February 21, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2008


Lawmaker speaks in House about DOT vote

A state representative who was stripped of his leadership role and evicted from his Capitol office took the well of the House to offer his first public comment on the actions of House Speaker Glenn Richardson over the transportation board election.

While he never mentioned Richardson by name, Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, was clear as to the direction of his remarks.

February 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2008


Backlash from DOT election hits home

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on Monday hailed state Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, for his actions in voting for State Transportation Board Chairman Mike Evans and pledged to help him politically.

February 16, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2008


Evans' re-election a defeat for speaker

ATLANTA -- Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson was dealt a stinging political defeat Friday as members of the legislature from the 9th Congressional District re-elected State Transportation Board Chairman Mike Evans to a five-year term.

February 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2008


Will Evans hold on to DOT seat?

Mike Evans remembers when a freshman lawmaker from Paulding County was elected to the Legislature. Evans, who had been in the state House for four years at the time, welcomed newcomer Glenn Richardson in 1997.

February 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2008


Perdue backs health care legislation

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue is throwing his support behind health care legislation that would create incentives for health savings accounts and high-deductible health plans.

February 11, 2008 | From staff, wire reports | Legislature 2008


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