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State woos medicine makers with legislation

It's not unusual for states to offer tax incentives to lure new industries. But in a bid to entice manufacturers of medical devices and pharmaceuticals, Georgia may go a step beyond.

February 10, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Legislature 2009


State budget deficit nears $3 billion; many parks, historic sites might close

A Hall County lawmaker who serves on the House Appropriations Committee said budget writers are preparing for an additional $618 million in state budget cuts.

February 10, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


General Assembly will split session

The Georgia House and Senate each voted Friday to split their 40-day legislative session into two parts, meeting on a slower schedule through March and then convening again in June.

February 07, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Seat belt bill goes to Senate for vote

The state Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill authored by Sen. Lee Hawkins, R- Gainesville, that permits the admissibility of seat belt use in a legal proceeding.

February 06, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Lawmaker wants seat belt use admissible in court cases

A state Senate committee is scheduled to consider a bill today that would permit the admissibility of seat belt use in a legal proceeding.

February 05, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Bill would require proof of citizenship to vote

According to the state of Georgia, Arthur Remillard does not exist.

February 05, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Legislature 2009


Bill would let pharmacies give flu shots

When some Georgia residents went to their local pharmacies to get a flu shot last fall, they were surprised to learn they'd need a doctor's prescription.

February 05, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Legislature 2009


‘Super speeders’ beware of increased fines

Almost daily, Gainesville police clock lead foots driving close to 75 mph within the city limits. Every so often, they catch motorists going 85 mph on one of Gainesville's more speed-prone roads, Thompson Bridge Road or Dawsonville Highway.

February 03, 2009 | Stephen Gurr | Legislature 2009


Senate's transportation sales tax may face foes in state House

A measure that would allow Georgia residents to vote on boosting their sales tax by a penny to pay for road, transit and light rail projects passed the state Senate on Tuesday.

February 03, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Senator's school voucher bill has foes in local education

A Gainesville state senator said he is taking a wait-and-see attitude toward a school voucher bill introduced Monday in the Georgia Senate.

February 02, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Schools, parents: Nurses are vital to student health

If you're older than 40, you probably didn't have school nurses when you were growing up.

January 25, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Legislature 2009


State fee would hit hospitals hard

Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposal to levy a 1.6 percent fee on hospitals and insurers is being met with stiff resistance by hospitals, the business community and lawmakers alike.

January 25, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Perdue, lawmakers differ over tax relief grants

Lt. Gov Casey Cagle said Wednesday that local governments and homeowners were promised the $428 million tax relief grant, and he wants to honor the promise.

January 22, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Collins sworn in as legislature turns to budget decisions

State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, was sworn in for a second term in the state House on Friday morning.

January 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


Hall lawmakers maintain House committee slots

ATLANTA - Members of the Hall County delegation to the Georgia House of Representatives were returned to their previous committees by House leaders, who announced their appointments late Wednesday.

January 16, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Legislature 2009


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