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GA Gov. Nathan Deal announces 2013 agenda

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Governor Nathan Deal's 2013 legislative agenda will focus on public safety, education, health care and economic development.

In an announcement to a joint session of the general assembly Thursday, the Republican governor outlined a budget proposal that trims most state agency budgets, but still covers enrollment increases in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Deal wants to restore Georgia's pre-kindergarten instruction to 180 days and add money to the Hope Scholarship Program.

The governor told lawmakers he would back an aggressive juvenile justice overhaul intended to grow community based programs and divert minor offenders from prison.

Deal also asked lawmakers to tighten drunken boating laws and avert steep Medicaid cuts.

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