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First Amendment rights spark justice and seed change in Georgia

Georgia’s new hate crimes law is welcome and long overdue. But as the headlines marked this historic moment last week, I kept thinking about...

Georgia bill to protect police might weaken penalties for killing officer

Legislation state lawmakers intended to add protection for law enforcement might create the unintended result of lessening penalties if an officer is murdered. Gov. Brian...

Lawmakers OK bill intended to make ‘revolving door’ jail bonds transparent

State lawmakers Friday sent legislation to the governor’s desk intended to force judges to make a clear call whether to force accused criminals to...

McBath, GOP House colleagues stake out corners in sweeping police reform

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a sweeping police reform package Thursday night in response to massive civil unrest over police brutality. The package cleared...

Bill to allow people to restrict access to criminal records clears...

This post was updated at 9 a.m. June 26 to remove an incorrect percentage of working age Georgians with a criminal record. The Douglasville offices...

Loeffler, Perdue back Senate GOP’s police reform bill; Democrats block it

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats blocked a GOP police reform bill Wednesday because they said it fails to adequately respond to police brutality against people...

Lawmakers’ bipartisan push sends governor historic hate crimes law

Georgia lawmakers passed a hate crimes bill Tuesday with bipartisan support, pushed to action by a viral video of the February killing of an...

Bill to protect police passes, shifts bitter debate from hate crimes...

Pro-law enforcement legislation that adds more protections for police officers as lawmakers try to take Georgia off the short list of states without a...

Senate committee passes hate crimes law, but adds ‘poison pill’

A hate crimes bill backed by a bipartisan group of Georgia politicians and the business and religious community emerged from a Senate committee that...

House hate crimes bill aired out in Senate for first time...

A hate crimes bill backed by a bipartisan group of Georgia politicians and the business and religious community received a long-awaited hearing on Thursday,...
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