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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.

Pharmacists Face More Scrutiny

A bill allowing the Georgia Board of Pharmacy to conduct physical and mental evaluations of pharmacists is now state law.

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.

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.

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.

State Defends Appointee

Governor Nathan Deal’s office is fending off criticism over his appointment of Georgia’s new mental health ombudsman. Corinna Magelund will serve as an advocate for the mentally and developmentally disabled.

Deal Says Reservoirs Still A Priority

Tuesday’s court ruling that secures the federal reservoir Lake Lanier as a water source for north Georgia and metro Atlanta hasn’t changed the push for new reservoir projects. Building them is still a priority for Governor Nathan Deal.

Kemp Wants Early Primary

The state’s top elections official thinks Georgia should be among the first Republican presidential primaries in 2012.