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State wants to ditch No Child Left Behind Act

Georgia school officials say they've had enough of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, and they want to focus instead on better preparing students for life after school.

September 21, 2011 | Dallas Duncan | State government


Butch Miller named state Senate floor leader

State Sen. Butch Miller of Gainesville will replace Jim Butterworth as a floor leader in the Georgia Senate.

September 08, 2011 | Ashley Fielding | State government


State House maps could change in January

Though it sent a map of state House districts to Gov. Nathan Deal to sign this week, Republican leadership in the Georgia General Assembly says it is committed to making Hall County more whole in January.

August 27, 2011 | Ashley Fielding | State government


1 cent transportation tax may be on hold

If Georgia lawmakers move the date of a referendum for a special sales tax to fund transportation projects, it won't be until the next legislative session.

August 24, 2011 | Ashley Fielding | State government


Proposed 9th district aligns Hall with NE Ga.

A new proposal for Georgia's congressional districts means Tom Graves may no longer represent Hall County's interests in the U.S. House of Representatives.

August 22, 2011 | Ashley Fielding | State government


Senate committee OKs House district maps

The Senate committee charged with reviewing a plan for new state House districts in Georgia has given the map a pass.

August 22, 2011 | Ashley Fielding | State government


Hall lawmakers still set on changes to redistricting maps

As maps for representation in Georgia's General Assembly receive their first full vote in House and Senate chambers today, lawmakers are still lobbying - and hopeful - for changes.

August 17, 2011 | Ashley Fielding | State government


Legislative maps draw local protests

Maps for new state House and Senate districts are making their way through the halls of the Capitol, but the complaints for the lines drawn in Hall County are mounting.

August 16, 2011 | Ashley Fielding | State government


Redistricting could raise Hall County's profile

It is no longer rumor or speculation: Hall County's political power is about to grow.

August 14, 2011 | Ashley Fielding | State government


New maps could boost Hall delegation

As many as nine state lawmakers could represent Hall County's interests under the Gold Dome if two proposed maps for the state's House and Senate districts are approved.

August 12, 2011 | Ashley Fielding | State government


Christian leaders struggle with immigration law

As a Republican mayor of a small southwest Georgia town stood on the steps of a federal courthouse in downtown Atlanta nearly two weeks ago, he spoke words meant to strike a blow more powerful than any political rhetoric.

July 03, 2011 | Ashley Fielding | State government


Law changes will take effect today

ATLANTA - State-licensed insurance companies will soon be able to sell health policies offered in other states that provide less coverage than Georgia requires.

July 01, 2011 | BY SHANNON MCCAFFREY Associated Press | State government


Deal freezes Georgia gasoline tax

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal has frozen Georgia's gas tax, preventing a tax hike that would have kicked in July 1.

June 24, 2011 | Associated Press | State government


Residents want redistricting to reflect government boundaries

Georgia's new legislative districts should respect municipal and county boundaries and reflect the voting patterns and interests of their residents, speakers told those responsible for drawing the state's new maps Tuesday.

June 22, 2011 | Ashley Fielding | State government


Drawing state's new district maps a messy task

Equal representation for an equal number of people. It doesn't seem like such a difficult concept.

June 18, 2011 | Ashley Fielding | State government


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