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Rep. Rogers lashes out at Cagle, Senate leaders

A dispute between a Gainesville state representative and the chairman of the Senate Rules Committee erupted onto the floor of both houses of the General Assembly Wednesday.

April 02, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


DOT revamp passes House

BY HARRIS BLACKWOOD

April 02, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Senate approves bill to allow embryo adoption

The Georgia Senate has signed off on a bill by Rep. James Mills, R-Chesnut Mountain, that would provide legal protection to families who use donated embryos to have a child.

April 01, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


For now, lawmakers won't limit stem cell research

State Rep. Amos Amerson, R-Dahlonega, said a bill that places restrictions on embryonic stem cell research will not be passed this session.

March 31, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Senate committee restores funds for local colleges

The Senate Appropriations Committee has restored $6.2 million in construction funds for a new academic building at Gainesville State College. The panel also gave North Georgia College & State University an additional $6 million for campus renovation projects.

March 30, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Life without parole law could reduce trials

A bill approved unanimously in the state legislature last week could have a dramatic effect on future murder prosecutions in Georgia.

March 28, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Legislature 2009


Senate backs extra pay for math, science teachers

ATLANTA - Help Wanted: Math and science teachers. Pay: On the rise.

March 26, 2009 | From wire reports | Legislature 2009


Transportation plans stuck in neutral

A Hall County state lawmaker says the House of Representatives is struggling with a proposed change in the state's transportation administration.

March 24, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Bill could help modular home builder

The Georgia House has approved a bill that could impact an ongoing legal battle between the city of Gainesville and the owner of a company that produces modular homes.

March 23, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Gainesville officials don't like legislative intrusion into mayor, school chairman votes

As expected, Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, filed two bills Monday that call for non-binding referendums on the election of a mayor and school board chairman for the city of Gainesville.

March 23, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Rep. Rogers pushes for mayoral elections in Gainesville

State Rep. Carl Rogers confirmed Thursday that he would offer legislation for a nonbinding referendum on an elected mayor for Gainesville and an elected chairman of the Gainesville City Board of Education.

March 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Doctors, hospitals criticize state's Medicaid cuts

Georgia is getting a massive influx of federal stimulus money, intended to help plug a gaping hole in the state's Medicaid budget.

March 18, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Legislature 2009


Fury of legislation dominates long day

The Georgia House embraced targeted tax breaks aimed at creating jobs and a proposal aimed at finally doing away with the annual tag tax Thursday during a hectic make-or-break day that legislators set as a deadline to either pass dozens of bills or toss them aside for the year.

March 12, 2009 | From staff, wire reports | Legislature 2009


Lawmakers face busy day at Capitol

For the Georgia General Assembly, today is one of the most hectic days of the 40-day session.

March 11, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Lawmakers approve amended 2009 state budget

House and Senate conferees reached agreement on an amended version of the current year's state budget, and the reduced spending plan is in now the hands of Gov. Sonny Perdue.

March 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


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