The first day of July marks the beginning of the new fiscal year and when many laws take effect. The record-setting $27.5 billion state operating budget also kicks in, complete with money for a new voting system and pay raises for teachers, school staff and state employees. 

Stephen Fowler, GPB's political reporter, joined On Second Thought to talk about new laws taking effect.

On Second Thought for Monday, July 1, 2019

National attention has been focused on Georgia with abortion and reproductive rights, electoral integrity, to 2020 presidential hopefuls. Democratic Party of Georgia chair Sen. Nikema Williams and Georgia Republican Party chair David Shafer sat down with GPB News to discuss their plans to emerge victorious next November. Fowler also discussed what that means for Georgia voters in the coming months.

The Atlanta Association of Black Journalists will release the documentary Black & Reporting:The Struggle Behind The Lens. Former reporter Walter Elder and documentarian Tamara Wilson relive how reporters covering the struggle for equality had to fight for it within their own profession.


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