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Regional transit, adoption, brunch: Where the biggest bills of the 2018 Georgia legislative session ended up

What happened to the Georgia adoption bill? The brunch bill? The "distracted driving" bill? Here's a brief look at some important bills that passed, some that didn’t, and whether lawmakers will make a rare summertime return to the Gold Dome to woo Amazon.
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How redrawing districts has kept Georgia incumbents in power

Georgia lawmakers have been accused of moving the goal posts so their party can stay in power. Could an independent set of mapmakers put an end to the process? Or must the courts decide?

Georgia Senate seems happy to honor anyone—but not Sally Yates

Called privileged resolutions, the pieces of legislation give state senators and representatives a chance to recognize, flatter, or console people who achieved notable deeds or just deserved a nod. And more often than not, their colleagues go right along with the nod of recognition. Not for Sally Yates.
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The shark tooth state? 3 official Georgia symbols you might not know about

You know the state fruit (peach), crop (peanut), and bird (brown thrasher), but what about our state fossil? Since the General Assembly approved their designation in 1976, these have been official Georgia symbols.

General Assembly vs. The General Assembly

This month, a school for entrepreneurs called General Assembly opens in Ponce City Market—days after Georgia lawmakers of the same collective name convene under the Gold Dome. One General Assembly offers tech-focused courses, such as digital marketing and web development. The other is likely to propose many things that’ll never happen.

If lawmakers like guns so much, why can’t we take them to the Capitol?

Creative Loafing reports state Sen. Vincent Fort will propose a ban on assault* weapons when lawmakers return to the Gold Dome in January. Fort says his proposal is a response to last Friday's mass murder at a Connecticut elementary school.

Georgia ranks fifth on Mother Jones list of worst state legislatures

This morning Mother Jones published a funny and infuriating article on its web site titled "America's 50 Worst State Legislatures: Because it's never good when your state's greatest legislative achievement is 'WrestleMania Appreciation Week.'"

Dedication of the Gold Dome

The dedication of Georgia’s new Capitol on July 4, 1889 was an exercise in mixed metaphors. The ceremony, a grand legislative procession from the lawmakers’ temporary digs in an opera house on Marietta Street to the gilded edifice six blocks away, was carefully staged to symbolize democracy as an institution.

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