Senate rejects amendment denying immigrant drivers’ licenses

Senate defeats attempt by Sen. Josh McKoon to keep immigrants who’ve been granted deferred status from getting a Georgia drivers’ license . . .

Tags: Curt Thompson , DACA , driver\'s licenses , immigrants , Josh McKoon , Tommie Williams

Senate passes autism bill, sends measure to House

Historic legislation requiring health insurers to cover autism treatments for children up to the age of six clears the state Senate . . .

Tags: autism , Charlie Bethel , insurance coverage

City of South Fulton bill blocked in the Senate

The Senate tables a bill to create a City of South Fulton, putting the bill’s passage in doubt with the session down to its final two days . . .

Tags: city of South Fulton , Horacena Tate , John Albers , Vincent Fort

Political Notes: Making a satiric case for the religious freedom bill

Lawmakers get some humorous insights on the religious freedom bill as the end of the session gets closer . . .

Tags: regional water planning councils , religious freedom bill

Conferees agree on state budget, in plenty of time for session’s end

The House-Senate conference committee signs off on the state spending plan for fiscal year 2016 . . .

Tags: conference committee , state budget

Bill to prevent local bans on pit bulls muzzled in committee

Legislation preempting local ordinances that would prohibit specific breeds of dogs does not make it out of a House committee . . .

Tags: ACCG , Darlene Taylor , GMA , local dog ordinances , pit bulls

Deal signs bill allowing former students to get diplomas

Students who failed a portion of the graduation exam but met all other academic requirements can petition their local school board to get a diploma . . .

Tags: Brooks Coleman , diploma , high school graduation test , Will Schofield

Committee meeting on ‘religious freedom’ bill cancelled

Committee meeting scheduled to consider the status of the religious freedom bill is called off, leaving the future of SB 129 very much in doubt . . .

Tags: House Judiciary Committee , religious freedom

Deal’s office working on late-session tax break for Mercedes

The governor’s office may try to add a last-minute amendment to an unrelated bill to provide a tax break for the automaker . . .

Tags: leased cars , Mercedes , Nathan Deal , Paul Battles , tax breaks

Senate passes CAPCO, Uber bills

Bills funding a state investment pool for startup businesses and regulating the ride-sharing services passed the Senate . . .

Tags: capital venture fund , investment pool , ride-share services , state probation