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Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, calls the House to order to start the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly on the floor of the House at the Capitol in Atlanta, Monday, Jan 9, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Ralston to continue as Georgia House Speaker

The newly elected Democratic and Republican caucuses of the Georgia House of Representatives have chosen their leaders for the next two years.

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Back to the people's business

ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers returned to the state capitol Monday to start a 40-day session expected to focus on closing a potential budget shortfall, overhauling the tax code in an attempt to attract jobs and steering nonviolent offenders away from expensive and overcrowded prisons.. Legislators in the Republican-controlled


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