Candidates for state, local seats speak at Columbia County forum

...Nov. 3. The District 122 special election became necessary when Ben Harbin, who represented the county in the Georgia Legislature for 20 years, announced he was resigning in the midst of his term to take a position with the lobbying firm South...

Columbia County hospital about growth, analysis finds

...internal appeals process, that hospital has argued that the ability to create such exceptions lies only with the Georgia legislature and is outside of the department's authority. In 2008 for instance, when the legislature last changed the CON...

Questions await Ga. legislature's role in pipeline

ATLANTA - While there's little doubt about legislator sentiment regarding a proposed petroleum pipeline in East Georgia, there is a question of what they may do next about it.

Augusta-area coroners say they treat unclaimed bodies with respect

...folks and have a minister come say a prayer, but for now I'll keep them," he said.He hopes to go to the Georgia legislature in the next year and request they require an emergency contact number or address be listed on the back of all driver...

Georgia transportation commissioner discusses state's needs, funding

...crumbling transportation system.Since McMurry was appointed by the state transportation board in late January, the Georgia Legislature passed House Bill 170, a tax increase that will bring in nearly $1 billion a year for transportation. He spoke...

Former commissioner's wife alleges battery

...wanted to prosecute and was told how to take out a warrant, the report said.Johnson served two terms on the Augusta Commission ending last year. He lost a runoff last summer to represent Senate District 22 in the Georgia Legislature.

Smoking not extinguished in bars, restaurants

ATLANTA -- Ten years ago, the Georgia Legislature passed a law prohibiting smoking in bars and restaurants. It was promoted as a way to improve "the health, comfort and environment...

Georgia stops issuing license plate with Confederate flags

...removal of the flag and other Confederate symbols from government buildings.Several Democratic members of the Georgia Legislature announced plans to end the state's celebration of Confederate Memorial Day on a date determined by the governor...

Ben Harbin will leave Legislature to become lobbyist

Ben Harbin, who has represented Co lum bia County in the Georgia Legislature for 20 years, said Monday he would resign next month to take a position with Southern Strategy Group, a Columbia-based lobbying...

Ruling revives calls for Medicaid expansion in Georgia

...Georgia have said it would still be too expensive and doubt the federal government could sustain its commitment. The Georgia Legislature voted last year to take any potential decision out of the hands of Gov. Nathan Deal and ensure only that body...