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GOP dominates 3 open congressional races

SAVANNAH - With three U.S. House seats in Georgia wide open in 2014, the chance to go to Washington is already attracting a crowd of several state legislators, a minister, a surgeon, a political novice and an ex-congressman seeking a comeback. So far, not one is a Democrat.

June 17, 2013 | BY RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | State government


Hall commissioners head to Atlanta to talk issues

Members of the Hall County Board of Commissioners are in Atlanta today and Tuesday to advocate for legislation the Georgia General Assembly will consider this session and to learn the impact of laws already passed.

February 03, 2013 | Sarah Mueller | State government


Forsyth County official targets right to secret ballot

A freshman lawmaker from South Forsyth County has introduced a measure that proposes amending the state constitution to protect the right to secret ballot.

February 03, 2013 | | State government


Road sales tax penalty to be addressed in Ga. Senate

A thorny issue during last summer's transportation sales tax debate has found its way to the Georgia legislature during this year's General Assembly.

February 03, 2013 | Jeff Gill | State government


House OKs ‘bed tax’ bill to fund Medicaid

House Speaker David Ralston said the Georgia House of Representatives took an important step Friday when it passed a bill to allow the state draw more than $450 million in federal money for Medicaid next year.

February 02, 2013 | Sarah Mueller | State government


House bill bans gifts by lobbyists

State House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, endorsed ethics legislation Tuesday that includes banning most lobbyist spending on individual elected officials in the Georgia General Assembly.

January 29, 2013 | Sarah Mueller | State government


Ga. legislature unlikely to take up gun control

In the wake of the December mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., wide ideological differences in gun control are being reflected in legislative proposals across Georgia and the nation.

January 27, 2013 | Emma Witman | State government


Georgia's budget bind: More needs, but less money

Gov. Nathan Deal talked about moving forward with a focus on progress in his State of the State address last week. But his 2014 fiscal year budget still suffers from a lack of revenue from a briskly growing economy to fully fund the state's growth in population and need for services.

January 19, 2013 | Sarah Mueller | State government


Ga. school chief to delay teacher evaluation plan

July 07, 2012 | | State government


GOP lawmakers: We put jobs first

State Rep. Doug Collins, now campaigning for a seat in the U.S. House, calls the recently-closed session of Georgia's General Assembly a "banner year" for Gov. Nathan Deal.

April 01, 2012 | Ashley Fielding | State government


The fate of pre-filed bills

At the beginning of the session we told you about several bills that were filed ahead of the legislative session. Here's a look at what happened to them:

April 01, 2012 | Ashley Fielding | State government


Top issues in legislature

Budget

April 01, 2012 | From staff, wire reports | State government


Legislators pass flurry of bills to end session

In what would be their final chance to make an impact on Georgia's laws this year, legislators hustled bills Thursday that banned some abortions, reformed the state's criminal justice system and changed how special sales taxes are divvied up among school districts.

March 30, 2012 | Ashley Fielding | State government


Criminal justice bill could boost alternative courts

Georgia's criminal justice overhaul bill, passed Thursday by the Georgia House and now headed to the Senate, is expected to raise standards and accountability for a growing wave of drug and mental health courts, according to a Hall County superior court judge.

March 23, 2012 | Aaron Hale | State government


Bill could cost Gainesville schools $650K in funding

A bill that would repeal a special grant giving enrollment-based funding to charter school systems has passed the House and moves on to the Senate.

March 11, 2012 | Lee Johnson | State government


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