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An announcement from state Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, that he had tested positive for the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19 sent shockwaves through the Georgia Senate Wednesday night, triggering Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan to go into self-quarantine and a call from Senate leaders for the entire chamber to do the same.

ATLANTA — A $27.4 billion mid-year budget covering state spending through the end of June overwhelmingly cleared the Georgia Senate Wednesday.

ATLANTA — A proposed fee for bookings of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft cleared the Georgia Senate Wednesday on the promise that revenues from the new charge would go entirely to fixing the state’s roads and public transit systems.