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News from the Georgia General Assembly

State senator taking aim at ‘swatting’

A state senator plans to introduce legislation during the upcoming session of the General Assembly aimed at “swatting,” false reports of criminal activity that send police to the homes or offices of targeted victims. Since Christmas Day, three Republican state senators, a Democratic state senator, GOP Lt. Gov. Burt Jones, and U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor…

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Tweaks to be made to oversight commission

Two Georgia Senate Republican leaders pre-filed legislation Tuesday to bypass a court ruling late last year that blocked implementation of a new oversight board for local prosecutors lawmakers created last year. The bill would allow the Prosecuting Attorneys Qualifications Commission to set its own regulations. Senate Bill 92, which the General Assembly’s Republican majorities passed…

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Raffensperger renews call to end general election runoffs

Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger has renewed his call for the Georgia General Assembly to end general election runoffs in the Peach state. In a recently released statement, Raffensperger said getting rid of runoffs following the november elections would give Georgians a holiday-season pause from politics. “Next year, there will be a contentious presidential…

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Lawmakers call for investment in public fishing areas

Last week, a legislative study committee recommended that the state step up its investment in public fishing areas as a way to discourage trespassing on private property. The House Study Committee on Fishing Access to Freshwater Resources held several hearings around the state in October as a follow-up to legislation the General Assembly passed in…

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