Articles from the Georgia Legislature section archive

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

House has new immigration bill

The Georgia House passed a new version of an immigration bill that restores a key provision requiring employers to check the immigration status of new employees, just 12 hours after the Senate had ...

Lawmakers OK budget

Georgia lawmakers adopted an $18.3 billion budget that increases health insurance premiums for state employees, slashes funding for the state's college system, scrapes together cash to hire more ...

Monday, April 11, 2011

Tax reform bill dead for session

ATLANTA --- A tax overhaul Republicans had promoted as a key part of their agenda is dead for this legislative session

Committee adds tourism-development tax break to airplane-parts bill

ATLANTA -- Jobs in the tourism business will come from a tax break for developers that was added today to legislation extending a sales-tax exemption for airplane parts.
By Walter Jones

Friday, April 8, 2011

Sen. Davis takes questions on tax bill

ATLANTA --State Sen. Hardie Davis fielded questions from constituents during a 30-minute teleconference this morning concerned about aspects of the tax bill pending in the General Assembly.
By Walter Jones

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Critics claim plan would add $220 million in debt

ATLANTA --- As Republicans scramble to rework the plan to overhaul the state's tax code, critics say the latest version leaves a $220 million hole in the budget -- creating more problems than it ...

Partial deal is reached on budget

ATLANTA --- State lawmakers said Thursday they have struck a partial budget deal that would buy new police cars, hire more tax collectors and commit state funding for dredging the Port of Savannah.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Legislators can't agree on tax cuts

ATLANTA - Legislation designed to be the answer to voters' biggest concern, jobs, is bogged down because of internal disputes in the Senate over who's in charge, the latest of many problems it's ...
By Walter Jones

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Reservoir-funding bill is approved by 2 votes

ATLANTA --- The state House passed by a two-vote margin Wednesday legislation that aims to streamline construction of water and sewer projects run jointly by government and private businesses.
By Walter C. Jones

Senate approves $18 billion budget

The Georgia Senate approved an $18.25 billion spending plan that increases health insurance premiums for state employees and teachers, while adding $2.5 million in state funding and federal grants ...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Officials offer two late bills

ATLANTA --  Augusta legislators hoped to get a few bills in under the wire Tuesday dealing with elections, appointees and government reform.
By Walter C. Jones

Tougher sex-trafficking penalties passed

The Senate unanimously approved legislation Tuesday that imposes higher fines and stiffer sentences on sex traffickers while also offering new treatment options to victims of the sex trade.

Ga. legislative panel OKs tax plan

ATLANTA — A legislative committee has approved a tax overhaul plan that would cut the personal income tax rate but slap a sales tax on some new goods and services.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Senate might vote on pill-mill bill soon

A House committee voted to approve its version of legislation that would record all prescriptions in a state-run database -- which has repeatedly failed to pass in recent years.
By Walter C. Jones

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fewer tax breaks approved by House

ATLANTA --- This year, the Georgia House passed far fewer tax breaks for corporations and well-heeled individuals than in recent years.
By Walter C. Jones

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ga. cigarette tax hike gets support

ATLANTA --- Groups calling for a $1 increase in the cigarette tax announced Wednesday that they had gathered more than 1,000 signatures on an online petition in 48 hours.
By Walter C. Jones

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ga. House panel clears Sunday alcohol sales bill

After languishing for years in the state Senate, a bill that would pave the way for Sunday alcohol sales in Georgia took just minutes to clear a House panel Tuesday.

Ga. Legislature to end April 14

ATLANTA — The Georgia Legislature will wrap up the 2011 legislative session on April 14.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Chambers start bill switch

ATLANTA --- So far, lawmakers have been evaluating the proposals of the colleagues they sit next to on the floor or share committee work with. Now, they begin consideration of the other chamber's ...
By Walter C. Jones

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Marathon of bills to get voted on today

ATLANTA --- Georgia lawmakers are entering the home stretch of this year's legislative session bearing a heavy load of legislation.

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8 horses loose on I-20

Eight horses that got loose from a nearby pasture and briefly wandered along Interstate 20 were safely rounded up Monday afternoon.
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