(Times Free Press) - The topic of immigration is not going away anytime soon, but when Georgia lawmakers go back into session in January it is not expected to be a top priority, area lawmakers said.

"Will it be a major topic? No," said Rep. Tom Dickson, R-Cohutta, during a meeting with the media at Dalton State College last week. "Will there be some bills? Yes."

State legislators across the country introduced 1,607 bills and resolutions relating to immigrants and refugees in 2011, according to the latest report of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

In 2010, 46 states considered more than 1,400 bills and resolutions pertaining to immigrants.

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