Category Archives: State Rep. Roger Bruce

Fulton Commissioners Split on Denying Atlanta Annexation, Pass Resolution Expressing Concern

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Wednesday May 06, 2015, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners met and discussed the attempts of three neighborhoods in south Fulton County–Sandtown, Loch Lomond and Southoaks–to annex into the City of Atlanta.   There were not enough votes to support motions by Chairman John Eaves (District 7) to deny the annexation requests.   On denying the […]

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Georgia House Committee Amends Religious Freedom Bill


(APN) ATLANTA — Yesterday, Thursday, March 26, 2015, the House Judiciary Civil Committee voted to amend SB 129, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) bill, to expressly state that eradicating discrimination is a compelling government interest, thus prohibiting religious freedom being used as a justification for discrimination.   LGBTQI equality advocates celebrated the amendment, introduced by State Rep. Mike Jacobs […]

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Cityhood Bills “Cross Over” for Tucker, LaVista Hills, South Fulton

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(APN) ATLANTA — Three proposed cityhood referenda bills–Tucker, La Vista Hills, and South Fulton–are zooming through the General Assembly.  All three bills have passed the Georgia House in advance of last Friday’s Crossover Day, which was March 13, 2015, and are up for consideration by the Georgia Senate.   The cityhood bills were introduced on Monday, March 02, 2015; passed […]

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City of Atlanta Proposing Major Southwest Expansion to Legislature

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta’s lobbyists at the Georgia Legislature last week circulated a map proposing a major expansion of the southwest quadrant of the city further to the west, through the annexation of a significant portion of unincorporated south Fulton County.   While the City had been previously exploring annexation of the Sandtown and Loch Lomond communities, […]

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City of South Fulton Bill Reintroduced in Legislature

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(APN) ATLANTA — State Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta) has pre-filed legislation, HB 27, to provide for a charter for a City of South Fulton. Last year, the incorporation of South Fulton county into cityhood ran out of time for a vote, as the legislation got held up in the State Senate. The final name of the city may change if […]

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Georgia 2014 Primary Elections Results Part Two: State House and Senate

(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of Georgia’s 2014 elections, Atlanta Progressive News is providing this overview of the results of the Primary and Nonpartisan Elections held on May 20, 2014.     Previously, we published Part One, which contained results for statewide, U.S. House, Fulton County Commission, judicial, DeKalb County Sheriff races.     In this second installment […]

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City of South Fulton Bill Fails to Pass State Senate

  (APN) ATLANTA — The City of South Fulton legislation, HB 704, failed to pass the State Senate this year, despite having previously passed the House and a State Senate Committee.   This was surprising to some.  Being backed by State Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta), it seemed like HB 704 would sail through considering the kind of support Lindsey has […]

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City of South Fulton Referendum Passes Georgia House

  (APN) ATLANTA — On February 20, 2014, the City of South Fulton, HB 704, passed the House and is moving on to the Senate State and Local Governmental Operations Committee. This vote was almost unanimous, with 163 yeas and two nays.  The only two nays were State Reps. Sharon Beasley Teague (D-Red Oak) and B.J. Pak (R-Lilburn). While the […]

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