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Under the Gold Dome: Day 33
Full coverage of the 2011 legislative session
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Highlights
Both chambers continued to assign bills to committees that they swapped last week on Day 30 of the legislative session.
Committees began talks on hot topics such as Sunday alcohol sales and taxes.
Inside the Capitol, Gov. Nathan Deal spoke Wednesday on the one-year anniversary of the health law.
Deal, who opposes the Democratic-backed plan, said Georgia is spending tens of millions of dollars to expand its state health benefit plan to conform with the law.
Georgia has spent almost $18 million to expand health coverage to dependents up to age 26, he said. The state also had to expand preventative care at a price tag of almost $15 million over two years.
Deal was joined Wednesday by U.S. Reps. Phil Gingrey, Tom Price and Rob Woodall, who all said they are working to overturn the law and think it should be de-funded.

Senate

Senate Bill 265: Change the corporate limits for Lilburn.
SB 266: Provide membership to the South Cobb Development Authority and change the geographical area of its operations.
SB 267: Create a new charter for Coolidge to include the elections of a mayor and council members.

House

House Bill 587: Levy an excise tax in Snellville.
HB 588: Create community improvement districts in Hall County.
HB 589: Create a Public Facilities Authority in Peachtree City.
HB 590: Annex territory and change the city limits for Woodstock.
HB 591: Allow citizens to address Waycross city commissioners during a meeting.
HB 592: Repeal provisions relating to public dissemination of amounts expended by Gwinnett County for professional services.
House Resolution 643: Create the House Study Committee on the Equine Industry to investigate the financial and other implications of expanding Georgia's breeding, raising and quartering of horses.
Both chambers also passed various resolutions to recognize special days and people.

Carolyn Crist

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