Democrats outline 2014 legislative agenda
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A copy of the rules of the Georgia State Senate sits on a desk on the Senate floor in the Capitol, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, in Atlanta. The legislative session is set to begin Monday, and state lawmakers have a short list of top priorities amid a busy election year. Lawmakers say they are motivated to move quickly and wrap up the session with enough time to return home and start campaigning before the May 20 primary. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A copy of the rules of the Georgia State Senate sits on a desk on the Senate floor in the Capitol, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, in Atlanta. The legislative session is set to begin Monday, and state lawmakers have a short list of top priorities amid a busy election year. Lawmakers say they are motivated to move quickly and wrap up the session with enough time to return home and start campaigning before the May 20 primary. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Senate Democrats say top priorities of their legislative agenda include addressing the state's income gap and supporting working and middle class families.

Senate Democrats on Thursday outlined an agenda that also includes doubling the state's $5.15 minimum wage, expanding the state's Medicaid system under the Affordable Care Act, providing funding for public education and ethics reform.

Democrats say expanding Medicaid is a particular issue Georgia lawmakers should take action on.

Gov. Nathan Deal has said the state can't afford to expand the program. Sen. Vincent Fort, of Atlanta, says the federal government would cover about 90 percent of the cost and expanding the program "makes economic sense for individuals and businesses."

Democrats also say they'll try repealing a photo identification provision of a 2006 voter identification law.



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