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Political Surprise: Georgia Governor Vetoes Private Probation Bill

Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Tuesday that will allow for the construction of a statue to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on state Capitol grounds. Immediately afterward, he vetoed a bill governing how private companies oversee Georgia probationers. His aides said the private probation bill, which was the subject of a scathing state audit, is the only major bill Deal will be vetoing. Critics say the measure would have allowed private probation companies to conceal details of their dealings from the public.

Controversial Bills May Escape Governor Deal's Veto

Tuesday is the last day Gov. Deal can veto or sign bills into law. And some of the most controversial bills from the legislative session are still awaiting his signature. These include a bill that would make Georgia the first state in the nation to force welfare and food stamp recipients suspected of drug abuse to submit to drug tests. There’s also a bill that would allow officials to erect a monument to the Ten Commandments at the state Capitol, which the legislature’s counsel cautions might result in a lawsuit. Another bill on his desk governs how private probation companies oversee Georgia prisoners.

Confederate Memorial Day: The State Holiday You Didn't Know Existed

Monday, April 28 is Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia. A lot of people don’t even know the state holiday exists. Before coming to work at GPB, “On The Story” writer Lisa Clark was one of them. In fact, she says she was “nonplussed” when she found out Confederate Memorial Day was an actual holiday. Last week, she set out to find out the origin of Confederate Memorial Day, and why people celebrate it the first place.

Gun Bill Protects Georgia's GOP from Tea Party Challenge

Georgia’s controversial gun bill was signed into law Wednesday at an American Legion pavilion in Ellijay. And not a moment too soon for House Speaker David Ralston, who faces a serious primary challenger in less than a month.

Poll: Georgia Might Be Ready For Democratic Leadership

The survey—administered by Costas Spirou, chair of GCSU's Department of Government and Sociology—asked 500 people via cell phone and landline which party they want leading the state in the next four years.

The Ink Is Dry On Georgia's New Gun Law. Now What?

The ink is dry and H.B. 60 is no longer the “gun bill”. It took two sessions and an untold amount of private and public wrangling, but Georgia’s “Safe Carry Protection Act”, more commonly known as the “guns everywhere” bill, is now law. Governor Nathan Deal signed the bill on Wednesday, during a ceremony in Ellijay, Georgia. Hundreds of supporters, including members of Georgia Carry, attended the signing and held a bbq afterwards. GPB News reporter Jeanne Bonner, who has covered the bill since this year’s legislative session, says the ceremony had the “feel of a campaign rally.”

Georgia Governor Signs Sweeping Gun Bill, Says It's A 'Great Day' To Be In Georgia

Governor Deal signed a sweeping gun bill Wednesday, expanding the places where people can carry firearms in Georgia. The Safe Carry Protection Act, more commonly known as the “guns everywhere” bill, will allow licensed gun owners to carry firearms in many churches, bars, and government buildings. During the signing ceremony in Ellijay, Gov. Deal said he was putting into law a gun bill that heralds “self-defense, personal liberties, and public safety.”

Georgia Governor To Sign ‘Unprecedented’ Gun Bill

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will sign a controversial gun bill Wednesday in Ellijay at a ceremony and luncheon that’s expected to attract many supporters and double as a Second Amendment rally. The so-called ‘guns everywhere’ bill will allow firearms in many churches, bars and government buildings. The bill will also bar sheriffs from asking someone with a gun if he or she has a license. Under the new bill, schools would have the option of deciding if teachers or administrators should be armed. The state will also have to report within 10 days Georgians’ involuntary commitments to hospitals.

Snellville Couple To Sue Georgia Over Gay Marriage Ban

A same-sex couple made history Tuesday when they file a federal lawsuit against the state, demanding the right to marry. Shelton Stroman and Chris Inniss of Snellville are the lead plaintiffs. The lawsuit will also include two other couples and a 34-year-old woman. The suit says same-sex couples who want to marry in Georgia are denied equal protection under the law.

Republican Georgia State Senate Candidate John F. Kennedy Turns Heads

A Republican candidate for Middle Georgia’s state Senate District 18 has a name that’s provoking double-takes: John F. Kennedy.