House OKs HOPE for new college

ATLANTA - All that is needed for Georgia Gwinnett College students to get HOPE Scholarships is the governor's signature.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill that closes a loophole that left the state's newest college without the benefit of using the lottery-funded scholarships for mandatory student fees and books.

The state Senate has already passed the measure, so it will become law when Gov. Sonny Perdue signs on.

Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellville, the local lawmaker who shepherded the bill through the Legislature, said he has no doubt Perdue will support the bill.

"It puts us on parallel lines with other schools," he said. "It's important for all the students of Georgia Gwinnett and all the students of Gwinnett County."