Georgia House Committee Amends Religious Freedom Bill

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(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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Georgia Supreme Court Upholds Atlanta Hotel-Motel Tax for New Falcons Stadium

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, March 16, 2015, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued their opinion, approving the construction of the new Atlanta Falcons Stadium, using a renewal from the City’s hotel/motel tax and related bond financing.   The ruling affirms an order issued in May 2014 by Fulton Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville validating the bonds.   The intervenors […]

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Full House, Senate Committee Pass Raccoon Trapping Bill

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(APN) ATLANTA — The full Georgia House and a Georgia Senate committee have passed a bill that would make raccoon trapping legal in most north Georgia counties.   The full House passed the bill on February 20, 2015, in a vote of 144 to 18.  Several Democrats and a few Republicans opposed the measure.   The Senate Natural Resources and […]

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FEATURE: In San Antonio, Anthony Hill Would’ve Been Helped, Not Shot

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This article is the first in a two-part series.  Atlanta Progressive News traveled to San Antonio, Texas, in order to learn about the social services model they employ in dealing with mentally ill citizens.   (APN) SAN ANTONIO, Texas — When San Antonio, Texas, police officer Ernie Stevens heard about the police shooting of Anthony Hill in DeKalb County, Georgia, […]

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Teachers, Parents Challenge Deal’s School Takeover Plan Ahead of House Committee Vote

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(APN) ATLANTA — The House Education Committee will soon decide whether to advance Gov. Nathan Deal’s controversial proposal to allow the state to take over and privatize struggling schools.   At a hearing on Wednesday March 18, 2015, State Representatives and members of the public expressed both deep concern and some enthusiasm over the proposal, which, as Atlanta Progressive News […]

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State Senate Committee Passes Improved Cannabis Oil Legislation

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Georgia Senate Health and Human Services Committee, after over four hours of testimony, finally passed an amended Senate version, similar to HB 1, with bipartisan support.   The bill provides immunity from prosecution in the State of Georgia for patients who use cannabis oil, up to five percent THC in the oil, who received a doctor’s […]

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Hundreds Rally Against Georgia’s Religious Freedom Bill

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, hundreds came to Liberty Plaza, across from the State Capitol, to oppose, SB 129, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) bill.   People from as far away as Columbus and Macon joined with folks from the Atlanta area to express their concerns to legislators that SB 129 could be a license to discriminate […]

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Seven Arrested Protesting DeKalb Killing of Anthony Hill

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With additional reporting on the police reports by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — On Saturday, March 14, 2015, friends of Anthony Hill from his apartment complex in unincorporated DeKalb County, and from the surrounding community, held a memorial service on the spot where he was killed by DeKalb County Police.   Hill was killed by DeKalb Police on […]

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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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Georgia Senate Passes Pitiful Medical Cannabis Research Bill

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Friday, March 13, 2015, the Georgia Senate passed SB 185, a medical cannabis research bill, which provides for clinical trials of cannabidiol-containing products to treat Georgia residents under 18 who have medication-resistant cases of epilepsy.   It passed the full Senate by a vote of 54 yeas and one nay.   The only nay was State […]

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