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Rick Scott Delivers First State of the State

Posted: 03/08/2011 - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is telling lawmakers in his first State of the State speech that the state can be a national example for creating jobs by streamlining government and cutting taxes.

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Arizona-style Immigration Bill Passes Alabama House Panel

Posted: 03/08/2011 - An Alabama House committee has approved a Republican-backed, Arizona-style immigration bill that would both prohibit employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and would require local officials to enforce federal immigration laws.

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State Lawmakers Prepare for Legislative Session

Posted: 03/07/2011 - The Alabama House and Senate are ready to begin voting on bills that were part of the agenda of Republicans who have taken control of the Alabama House and Senate for the first time since Reconstruction.

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Senators Seek Crackdown on Illegal Student Visas

Posted: 03/06/2011 - Five U.S. senators are calling for a federal crackdown on what they say are phony colleges handing out student visas to potential criminals and terrorists.

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Lawsuit Challenges Scott's Rejection of Federal Money

Updated: 03/02/2011 - Gov. Rick Scott has filed a sharply worded response to a lawsuit challenging his refusal to accept $2.4 billion in federal money for the Tampa-Orlando high speed rail project.

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Democrats' Plan to Save HOPE

Updated: 03/02/2011 - Georgia Democrats have presented their own plan to save the cash-strapped HOPE scholarship and prekindergarten programs, calling Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal unfair to Georgia families.

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House Approves 2 Week Extension for Budget

Posted: 03/01/2011 - Lawmakers are one step closer to preventing the government from shutting down at the end of the week. Tuesday, the House passed a bill buying Congress another two weeks to debate the budget for the next six months, as well as cut $4 billion in spending. It's a sign of progress before a bigger battle begins.

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Florida Lawmakers Hatch a Plan to Cut Costs at the Pump

Updated: 02/28/2011 - Over the last week, gas prices in Florida have surged an average of 25-cents a gallon, Making it unaffordable for many to simply get around town. Lawmakers have a controversial plan to cut the price at the pump.

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Automatic Restoration for Ex-Cons?

Posted: 02/24/2011 - There are more than 100,000 Floridians stuck in a bureaucratic backlog... all convicted felons who've served their sentences but who aren't allowed by law to vote or get the tools they need to go back to work, all because they need the state to sign off. And now that the system could get even slower.

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Georgia Lawmakers Push to Ban "Bath Salts"

Updated: 02/23/2011 - Georgia lawmakers moved one step closer toward banning a new brand of synthetic drug that is marketed as bath salts and sold legally under brand names like "Ivory Wave" and "Cloud Nine."

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Sunday Alcohol Sales in Georgia

Updated: 02/24/2011 - Supporters of legislation that would let local communities vote on whether to have Sunday alcohol sales say the issue is still alive and that lawmakers should let voters weigh in on the issue.

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