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Gainesville City Schools superintendent tells teachers to embrace pay for performance

Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Merrianne Dyer is asking teachers to be proactive in embracing pending legislative changes.

April 26, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Georgia Legislature


House pushes through state budget

It took a few last-minute deals, but the Georgia House of Representatives approved a $17.8 billion spending plan Thursday for the upcoming fiscal year.

April 14, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Georgia Legislature


Debate heats up over driver’s license test bill

Supporters of a bill before the Georgia legislature that would require that driver's license exams be given only in English say the measure would improve public safety. Opponents say it discriminates against legal immigrants.

April 11, 2010 | From staff and wire reports | Georgia Legislature


Bill targets mall smash-and-grab crimes

An estimated $100,000 in designer clothing, expensive handbags and cell phones has been taken over the last few years in a series of smash-and-grab break-ins at North Georgia Premium Outlets.

April 04, 2010 | By Michele Hester Times regional staff | Georgia Legislature


Statehouse honors late EMS official

A local pioneer for emergency medical services was honored posthumously Thursday with resolutions from the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate.

April 01, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Georgia Legislature


Bill allowing backyard chickens may not survive Crossover Day

A backyard chicken coop might have been the norm 50 years ago, but it hasn't been legal for quite some time in Gainesville's city limits.

March 25, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Georgia Legislature


Bill would give tax assessment statements annually

The state House of Representatives has unanimously backed a local legislator's proposal to require local governments to notify property owners annually of their property tax assessments.

March 24, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Georgia Legislature


Hospital CEO: Tax better than other options

A proposal for a 1.4 percent tax on Northeast Georgia Health Systems' revenues is better than the alternatives, the hospital's president said.

March 24, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Georgia Legislature


Checkered flags on Main Street?

A Northeast Georgia lawmaker who proposes a change in the law that would allow for road racing events on public streets believes some people are getting the wrong idea.

March 22, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Georgia Legislature


State bill won’t change Hall shelter practices

The Hall County Animal Shelter already is taking all the measures that state representatives called for last week to protect animals and their owners.

March 22, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Georgia Legislature


Online voter signup is ‘good government,’ state official says

The next step in the use of technology in the voting process is making its way through the state legislature.

March 18, 2010 | Keith Albertson | Georgia Legislature


Bill would aid workers’ compensation claims

A bill protecting people with workers' compensation claims against insolvent insurance companies is making its way through the state Capitol.

March 18, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Georgia Legislature


Local physicians pushing for cigarette tax

Hopes for a $1 tax on cigarettes may be snuffed by lawmakers who aren't looking to spark controversy with a new tax.

March 17, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Georgia Legislature


Budget cuts hit hospitals

Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposal to cut state funds by more than 10 percent for hospitals serving Medicaid patients could cost Northeast Georgia Health System more than $5 million, according to a source with the hospital.

March 16, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Georgia Legislature


Students gather to protest university cuts

Local students joined those from across the state Monday at the Capitol to rally against budget cuts to the University System of Georgia.

March 16, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Georgia Legislature


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