House passes transportation tax bill

Major transportation tax bill is approved by the House of Representatives and heads to the Senate . . .

Tags: David Stover , highway construction , Jay Roberts , Jimmy Pruett , Larry O\'Neal , motor fuel excise tax , Terry England

Senate passes Deal’s education package

Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposal for a state takeover of low-performing schools is approved by the state Senate . . .

Tags: Butch Miller , Horacena Tate , Nathan Deal , Opportunity School District , state school takeover

Senate nears passage of ‘religious freedom’ bill

The state Senate takes an early procedural vote that indicates likely passage of the controversial religious freedom bill . . .

Tags: Josh McKoon , religious freedom , Vincent Fort

State’s jobless rate lowest in nearly seven years

Georgia’s unemployment rate declined to 6.4 percent, its lowest level since 2008, although still higher than the national jobless rate . . .

Tags: Labor Department , Mark Butler , unemployment rate

Busiest day of the session awaits the House and Senate on Thursday

The Georgia House and Senate will be debating the most important bills of the session so far when they convene Thursday morning . . .

Tags: Josh McKoon , Larry O\'Neal , Nathan Deal , public school takeover , religious freedom , transportation tax bill

The official state dog: It’s adoptable

Rep. Joe Wilkinson introduces a bill that he hopes will encourage more people to adopt dogs and cats from animal shelters . . .

Tags: adoptable pets , Joe Wilkinson , official state dog

House approves extension of film industry credit

Legislation to extend a state income tax credit for the film and video production industry passes the House of Representatives and heads to the state Senate . . .

Tags: film tax credit , Jon Burns

Ride-share regulation bills are picking up votes

Bills that would regulate ride-share services like Uber and Lyft are progressing through the Georgia House . . .

Tags: Alan Powell , Chuck Martin , Lyft , regulation , ride-share services , Uber

House panel lights the fuse on fireworks bill

Legislation to legalize the sale of all kinds of fireworks is zipping through the Georgia House . . .

Tags: fireworks , Jay Roberts , legalization , Rick Ward , Sharon Cooper

Senate bill would move state closer to digital textbooks

The Georgia Senate passes legislation encouraging local school boards to make the shift from printed textbooks to digital instructional materials . . .

Tags: digital textbooks , economic development authorities , John Albers , Lindsey Tippins