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Independent Representative Rusty Kidd of Milledgeville is supporting a bill that would clear a drunken driving offense if the convicted person does not have any other driving offenses for five years. Kidd is not condoning driving while intoxicated. But he says he believes it is important to change the DUI laws to give drivers a second chance.
Theft of copper and other metals is getting a lot of attention in the General Assembly this year. At least three bills in the legislature aim to strengthen regulations in hopes of stemming losses from metal theft.
On Thursday, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced plans to ask Congress to scale back the military. The BRAC, or Base Realignment And Closure requests would be for 2013 and 2015. If approved the military could close bases, including some in Georgia. The reductions are part of a plan by President Obama to cut nearly a half-trillion dollars from defense spending in the next ten years.
House Democrats want to repeal a new law cracking down on illegal immigrants in Georgia. The badly outnumbered Democratic caucus held a public hearing Thursday at the Capitol.
A dozen Florida and Georgia border counties have signed an agreement making it easier for children removed from parents or guardians to be placed with relatives in the other state.