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Georgia’s government has been in existence since the colonial days of its charter, but also when Georgia’s first constitution was ratified after the American Revolution. Along with generally overseeing and regulating many of the activities that are conducted within the state, the government of the state of Georgia has been influential in some of the most seminal moments in the state’s history, impacting citizens with its policies.

A Day in the Life of a Rural Sheriff

Nick Giles is the sheriff of Taylor County, a rural county slightly southwest of Macon. Away from the big city the picture of law enforcement looks a lot different. Giles explains procedures,...

Boot Camp Justice for Juvenile Offenders

After the crime rate for those under the age of 17 doubled in a five year period, Camp Stop, a military-style boot camp, was opened. This program aims to deal with juvenile offenders and steer...

Did Georgia Pass a Bill Allowing Prayer in Schools?

Georgia Sen. David Scott, author of the Quiet Reflection Act, explains why he introduced such legislation aimed at Georgia public schools. The legislative process of a bill becoming a law is...

Georgia and the US Constitution

Just ten years after the Articles of Confederation was drawn up in 1777, representatives met in Philadelphia to write a new Constitution. Georgia sent four men, most notably University of Georgia...

Georgia's Executive Branch

The executive branch is the largest of Georgia’s three branches of state government. The Georgia constitution names eight officers that are elected by all Georgia voters to serve in the executive...

Immigrating to the Land of Opportunity

Touk Phosai Varney was born in Laos where Communist rebels controlled everything from religion to what a person ate and wore. The Phosai family explains what it was like escaping to America and...

Power to the People! The Rural Electrification Administration in Georgia

Terry Kay, author of The Year the Lights Came On, discusses the Rural Electrification Administration created under FDR's New Deal. 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Georgia

The average American generates four pounds of garbage a day, and collectively that adds up to 180 million tons of solid waste per year. Nearly 75 percent of it goes to landfills, but space is...

The Legislative Process

Highlighting the various roles in Georgia’s General Assembly, The Legislative Process details what steps are taken to create a new law. 

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