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ATLANTA (AP) -- Gov. Nathan Deal is quietly celebrating a second successful year at the Legislature, with victories on tax and criminal justice reform.

While it helps that Deal, now halfway through a four-year term, heads a state government with a GOP-led General Assembly, observers paint a picture of a leader who prefers to work behind the scenes to get things done -- and who isn't concerned with getting credit for his accomplishments.

Lawmakers spent much of the session hashing out legislation to meet those goals. Deal was at the table for many of those conversations, and those present said he participated as a leader and a listener.

By Day 40, lawmakers had worked out plans on both issues that passed the House and Senate with overwhelming, bi-partisan support.

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