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Recyclers Wield Rarely-Used Power

Recycling advocates in Savannah's Chatham County are hoping to take advantage of a rarely-used power in the state constitution. They want to force a vote to start a curbside recycling program. Georgia's Constitution allows citizen-initiated ballot questions in certain, local cases.

Bulloch Co. To Vote On Sunday Sales

Bulloch County Commissioners have decided to put a Sunday alcohol sales referendum on the ballot this fall. The referendum on Nov. 8 applies only to package sales of malt beverages and wine. Liquor can be purchased in the county only in restaurants with a license to pour.

Ga. Will Appeal Immigration Ruling

The state attorney general's office says the state has filed a notice of appeal of a federal judge's ruling that blocked parts of the Georgia law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect. The official appeal has not yet been filed with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The 11th Circuit filing will include a brief that will lay out the state's objections to the ruling.

Lawmakers Drawing New District Maps

Now that Georgians have had their chance to weigh in on redistricting, state lawmakers are getting ready for the special legislative session in August. That means drawing preliminary legislative maps.

Georgia's Role In Independence Day

America finalized the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. 56 members of the Continental Congress signed it, signifying the American Colonies’ release from the hold of Great Britain. Three men from the fledgling state of Georgia signed the document.

Pharmacists Face More Scrutiny

A bill allowing the Georgia Board of Pharmacy to conduct physical and mental evaluations of pharmacists is now state law. The Board of Pharmacy will also have more authority to investigate license applicants.

Juvenile Code Gets Rewrite

Georgia’s juvenile code rewrite is ready to be presented to lawmakers. Supporters of the new bill hope they will hold hearings on it during a special session in August, and vote on it in 2012. The 250-page document covers kids who are abused, commit crimes, or deemed unruly. It would replace the 40-year-old current code.

Georgia's 'Day Without Immigrants'

Some immigrants held a boycott Friday by calling in sick to their jobs. Their work stoppage is part of a Day Without Immigrants protest against the state’s new immigration law.

Many New Laws Now In Effect

A federal judge blocked two sections of Georgia's immigration law, but the rest of the law is set to take effect. Beginning Friday, it will be a felony to use false documents when applying for a job. Another part of the law creates a board to investigate complaints about government officials not complying with state laws on illegal immigration. Several other laws take effect Friday in Georgia, including a law allowing billboard owners to clear state-owned trees that block views of their signs.

Alabama Pushes Water Lawsuit

Lawyers for Alabama want a lawsuit targeting Georgia's water use in a shared river system to proceed and say negotiations have not produced a settlement. Alabama says that while it plans to keep negotiating, it doesn't believe that the progress made in the last three months justifies further delaying a lawsuit originally filed in 1990.

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