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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - One of Georgia's largest counties is trying to hire hundreds of Spanish-speaking poll workers for upcoming elections. Gwinnett County Elections Director Lynn Ledford says she needs more than 2,000 poll workers before May's primary elections, including 350 who are fluent in both English and Spanish. Gwinnett County is the first and only community in Georgia to receive a U.S. Census Bureau designation mandating that it offer voter materials and assistance in Spanish.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia conservation group is offering coastal residents a free bus trip the state Capitol to meet with lawmakers on environmental issues. The nonprofit group One Hundred Miles plans to take a bus from Savannah to the statehouse in Atlanta on March 1. Kelly Patton, the group's coastal education coordinator, says the trip will give coastal residents a chance to share their concerns face-to-face with legislators.

ATLANTA (AP) - Wednesday marks a key deadline for Georgia lawmakers, since bills need pass at least one chamber by then to remain alive for the session, which ends in late March. There are ways around the looming deadline, but legislators try to pass as many bills as possible and are expected to work late into the night. Here is a look at some of the top issues that could come up by Wednesday.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Republican tax law is leading to higher income taxes in some states, forcing Republican lawmakers and governors to decide if they should keep taking the extra budget revenue or cut taxes for their residents. Cutting taxes has been a core Republican philosophy for decades, but many GOP lawmakers are willing to accept the extra tax revenue to help shore up their state budgets. The impact of the GOP tax overhaul is still being assessed in most states.

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