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Paper toss! Legislators celebrate at the closing of the session in Atlanta

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: Two of the most contentious issues of this year's General Assembly passed on the last day of this year's session, salvaged by Republican leaders who wanted to tout them as major victories this election year.

New restrictions on late-term abortions in Georgia, which had appeared dead in the morning, and a bill that would cut unemployment benefits for Georgians, passed with just minutes remaining in the 2012 session.

The work to get them passed highlighted a more-than-14-hour day, one full of compromises that dominated much of lawmakers' work. Full story.