Ethics bill OK'd, gun talks fail in final hours


The Georgia General Assem­bly went down to the wire Thurs­day as the legislative session was set to expire at midnight. A look at what lawmakers did and didn’t accomplish:



The House and Senate unanimously passed a measure that would impose the first limits on what lobbyists can spend in Georgia.



Lawmakers settled on a $41 billion state operating budget for the next fiscal year that cuts many state agencies but includes new education spending and bonds for new public projects.



Lawmakers approved an overhaul of who regulates video poker and other similar coin-operated machines. The plan opens the door for some proceeds to be directed to the HOPE scholarship program. The legislation moves oversight of the machines to the Georgia Lottery Corp. from the state Department of Revenue.



Legislators agreed to raise the cap from $50 million to $58 million on a program that gives tax breaks to individuals and corporations who give money to third-party groups that provide grants for to private school students.



Gun laws in Georgia will not change in 2013 because of disagreements between the House and Senate on whether to expand gun possession rights on college campuses. The chambers had competing versions of a wide-ranging overhaul.


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Foundation stopped giving to ‘alt-right’ movement leader in 2015

The Augusta-based Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area severed ties with an organization tied to a white nationalist in 2015 after discovering the group’s “mission and purpose,” the nonprofit’s President and CEO Shell K. Berry said in a statement.

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