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Changes to Local and National Gun Legislation

ATLANTA (WAOK/AP)-A proposed gun law has changed as it makes it way through the Georgia House. Guns would not be allowed by default in bars and churches, though they could be carried on college campuses […]

WAOK-AM–03/20/2013

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Georgia House Adopts $40.9 Billion State Budget

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia House has passed a state spending plan that trims many government agencies, but largely insulates public schools from cuts. The 159-15 vote sends the $40.9 billion budget to the Senate. […]

03/13/2013

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Ga. Lawmakers Face Deadline To Pass Legislation

ATLANTA (AP) — The clock is ticking for Georgia state lawmakers seeking to pass legislation this year. Thursday marks a key deadline. Under an internal rule, legislation not adopted by one chamber in the General […]

03/07/2013

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Bill Introduced For School Employees To Carry Guns

ATLANTA (AP) — A Republican state Senator has introduced a bill allowing local school boards to decide whether to let elementary school employees carry guns on campus The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Sen. Ronald B. Ramsey […]

WAOK-AM–02/09/2013

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Governor Deal Says More Money For Hope Scholarship

ATLANTA (WAOK)-More people play the lottery in Georgia than in any other state. More players means that more money is available to fund HOPE Scholarship programs.  Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is proposing to increase funding […]

WAOK-AM–01/10/2013

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Special Election For Chip Rogers’ Seat

CHEROKEE COUNTY – (WAOK/AJC) – A special election on Tuesday saw a light turnout for residents in parts of Cherokee and Fulton counties, who are electing a replacement for outgoing state Senator Chip Rogers. Rogers, […]

WAOK-AM–01/08/2013

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Georgia Lawmakers Convene Under Gold Dome January 14

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers will convene Jan. 14 with a familiar theme: a budget shortfall explained mostly by an economy that’s not keeping pace with rising health care costs. The single biggest variable is the Medicaid […]

WAOK-AM–01/06/2013

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Birthday Tax Gone For Good? Not So Fast

ATLANTA (WAOK)-After years of complaints about having to pay the state a hefty tax each year to renew your car registration, this year state lawmakers finally voted to end the ad valorem tax….kind of. The […]

WAOK-AM–04/02/2012

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Welfare Recipients A Step Closer To Drug Testing

ATLANTA (AP) – The Senate has approved the House version of a measure that would require recipients of welfare benefits to submit to drug testing. The bill passed 36-15 in the Senate with amendments. The […]

WAOK-AM–03/28/2012

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Georgians May Have To Take Classes For Public Assistance

Atlanta (WAOK/AJC)- A state House committee passed a proposal Tuesday to either drug test or require mandatory classes for Georgians seeking to receive public assistance. Legislators debated the merits, purposes and goals of tying benefits to drug tests and […]

WAOK-AM–03/24/2012