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State House OKs big fines for ‘Super Speeders’

"Super Speeders" who drive extra fast on Georgia's highways would pay an additional $200 fine under a bill that lawmakers hope will raise money for the state's ailing network of trauma hospitals amid the souring economy.

March 09, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009

Mills: Bill is needed to ensure that only citizens vote

A bill that could make Georgia one of two states in the nation to require voters to prove citizenship when registering to vote came straight from Gainesville state Rep. James Mills.

March 07, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Legislature 2009

Sunday alcohol sales bill derailed

ATLANTA - A bill that would have allowed Sunday alcohol sales in Georgia stores was pulled from committee just before it was scheduled for a vote.

March 04, 2009 | The Associated Press | Legislature 2009

Lawmakers should pay their taxes, Hall legislators agree

ATLANTA - A number of Northeast Georgia lawmakers say they would have no problem voting to penalize members of the General Assembly who haven't paid their taxes.

March 04, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009

General Assembly may fight over taxes

ATLANTA - Republican legislative leaders have been reluctant to back tax increases to help Georgia fill a $2.6 billion deficit, but both chambers of the state legislature have now adopted separate plans to allow voters to decide whether to adopt a 1 percent sales tax increase for transportation improvements.

March 03, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009

Perdue slashes $1.6 billion from state budget

ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue slashed $1.6 billion in state spending from the budget for the coming fiscal year, but is using some $1.1 billion in federal stimulus dollars to soften the blow of the budget cuts.

March 03, 2009 | | Legislature 2009

Hall County won’t be affected by property freeze bill

Hall County officials say a bill that would prevent local governments from increasing homeowners' property assessments through 2011 wouldn't have an effect locally.

February 27, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Legislature 2009

Power rate hike gets State House OK

Georgia Power customers soon could begin paying for an expansion of nuclear power in Georgia under legislation that passed the state House on Thursday.

February 27, 2009 | From staff, wire reports | Legislature 2009

School voucher debate renewed in Legislature

Private school vouchers for public school students - it's controversial legislation that many public educators hope will just go away.

February 21, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Legislature 2009

Georgia Power's request for bill hike clears another hurdle

A bill that would open the way for Georgia Power to boost electric rates in 2011 cleared its first hurdle Friday in the state House.

February 21, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009

State leaders seek transportation overhaul

After weeks of speculation, Gov. Sonny Perdue, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker Glenn Richardson announced a bill Thursday that will strip away much of the power of the State Transportation Board.

February 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009

Tax hike could send a pack of smokes over $6

Would you pay more than $6.50 for a pack of cigarettes? The American Cancer Society hopes you won't.

February 20, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Legislature 2009

Lawmakers again try to mandate seat belt use for pickup truck drivers

Georgia is now the only state in the nation that doesn't require pickup drivers to wear seat belts.

February 17, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Legislature 2009

Property tax break revived for Georgia homeowners

An infusion of cash from the federal stimulus package will give Georgia the money for a homeowner tax break after all.

February 17, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009

Georgia Senate resolution urges Congress to allow reservoirs

The state Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution urging Congress to facilitate the building of water reservoirs on Chattahoochee National Forest land.

February 11, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009

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