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Purely partisan 'reform'

...will get behind it, calling it a danger to civil liberties.Democrats know there's no chance of securing the 67 Senate votes needed to advance the joint resolution. So what, then, is the point?We'll let The Atlantic spell it out for...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2014-06-23/purely-partisan-refor
Across South Carolina

Senate vote keeps pre-K off surplus list COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Senate has tentatively approved a budget plan that makes 4-year-old...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-05-07/across-south-carolina
Georgia Senate votes to ban Obamacare abortions

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate voted 35-18 on Monday to prohibit health plans offered under the federal Affordable Care Act to cover abortion except in medical emergencies.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-03-04/georgia-senate-votes-ban
Obama focuses on creating manufacturing jobs, boosting economy during North Carolina visit

...cut off financial aid for more than 1.3 million people who have exhausted their state-paid unemployment benefits.Senate votes Tuesday on a pair of Democratic-drafted proposals to reinstate the program fell short of the tally needed for passage...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-01-15/obama-focuses-creating-man
Filibusters need clarifying

...was free discussion and debate. Much later, the practice arose of abusing the open debate rules to delay or prevent Senate votes.The first filibuster occurred in 1837, almost two generations after the early Constitutional period. Senators tolerated...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2013-11-28/filibusters-need-clarify
Augusta's Prince learns freshman lawmakers can be effective

...conference committee of three from the House and three from the Senate work out the differences, and then the House and Senate vote again on the conference version.The process can have pitfalls. Two weeks ago, the newest Republican freshman, Rep...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-03-10/augustas-prince-learns-f
How a bill becomes a law in Georgia Legislature

...conference committee of three from the House and three from the Senate work out the differences and then the House and Senate vote again on the conference version.The process can have pitfalls. Two weeks ago, the newest Republican freshman, Rep...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-03-05/stand-america-how-bill-b
Janet Yellen stands by Federal Reserve's low rate policies

...March meeting. That would be Yellen's first as chairman, presuming she is confirmed by then.The timing of a full Senate vote remains uncertain. Some senators have said that they plan to hold up the nomination as leverage to gain Senate action...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-11-14/janet-yellen-stands-federa
Georgia Senate votes to regulate coin-operated games

ATLANTA - Days after a gambling raid in Florida led to more than 50 arrests and the resignation of the lieutenant governor, the Georgia Senate worked to clamp down on stores offering cash prizes to players of coin-operated games.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2013-03-15/georgia-senate-votes-reg
SC lawmakers vary widely on reporting income

...enough.A bill that would require lawmakers to disclose the sources of all their income passed the House but never got a Senate vote.To keep pressure to change ethics laws, Sen. John Courson, R-Columbia, assigned a special committee of three...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2013-06-23/sc-lawmakers-vary-widely-repo