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Should Georgia switch to daylight saving time year-round?

Should Georgia switch to daylight saving time year-round?

Georgia would observe daylight saving time all year long subject to congressional approval under legislation that cleared a committee in the state House of Representatives Thursday. Switching every six months between daylight and standard time disrupts sleep patterns and has been shown to increase the number of heart attacks, car crashes and workplace injuries, Rep. Wes Cantrell, R-Woodstock, the bill’s sponsor told members of the State Planning & Community Affairs Committee. “Our bodies are built to adjust slowly to the amount of daylight,” he said. “The vast majority of people want time change to stop.” Cantrell introduced three bills on…
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Could casinos become legal in Georgia this year?

Could casinos become legal in Georgia this year?

Georgia lawmakers again are considering whether to legalize casino gambling in the Peach State. A constitutional amendment introduced in the Georgia House of Representatives Tuesday calls for a statewide referendum to authorize a limited number of “casino resorts” across the state. A portion of the proceeds would go toward the HOPE Scholarship and other tuition and grant programs at both public and private colleges and universities as well as Technical College System of Georgia campuses. The money also would help cover the casinos’ operating expenses and fund programs for prevention and treatment of addictive gambling. The legislation is sponsored by…
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Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor doesn’t want to end no-excuse absentee voting

Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor doesn’t want to end no-excuse absentee voting

Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan became the latest high-ranking Georgia Republican Tuesday to oppose ending no-excuse absentee voting following the state’s 2020 election cycle. Duncan, who presides over the state Senate, said halting the ability of Georgians to request mail-in ballots for any reason besides just living out of state or due to disability should not be part of “meaningful election reform” state Republicans are seeking in the 2021 legislative session. His stance mirrors Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, who earlier this month also urged Republican lawmakers to avoid proposals ending no-excuse absentee voting. Ralston wants to focus on…
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Georgia lawmaker David Clark ejected from house floor

Georgia lawmaker David Clark ejected from house floor

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston ejected a Gwinnett County lawmaker from the House floor Tuesday for refusing to take a COVID-19 test. Rep. David Clark, R-Buford, hasn’t taken a single test for the virus since the 2021 General Assembly convened on Jan. 11, a violation of rules the House adopted at the start of the session, said Kaleb McMichen, Ralston’s spokesman. The rule requires lawmakers to undergo testing twice a week, whether or not they are at the Georgia Capitol. “I don’t know how long [the coronavirus pandemic] is going to last,” Ralston declared from the House rostrum. “But it…
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New bills take aim at human trafficking in Georgia

New bills take aim at human trafficking in Georgia

State lawmakers plan to bring new legislation aimed at helping victims of human trafficking in Georgia recover from abuse and protect their identities, Gov. Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp announced Monday. One bill would change state law to give privacy protections for human-trafficking survivors who want to legally change their names, Marty Kemp said at a news conference. Another bill would let survivors sue their traffickers for damages in civil court. A third bill would require anyone seeking to obtain or renew a commercial driver’s license in Georgia to complete a human-trafficking awareness course, the first lady said.…
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Could democrats take control of the Georgia state legislature?

Could democrats take control of the Georgia state legislature?

Will the balance of power shift in the Georgia state legislature following the highly anticipated general election on Nov. 3? For the first time in nearly two decades, Georgia Democratic leaders believe they have a real shot at wresting control of the state House of Representatives, which has been in Republican hands since 2005. But state and national Republicans are deploying millions of dollars into local races to keep that from happening, targeting Georgia as perhaps the only state where one of its most influential Democratic lawmakers in the House could be toppled. “For Democrats to flip the House, they…
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