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Drag racing: Closeup of one red and one blue car at starting line on city street with out-of-focus spectators lining the street in background
For the eighth episode of Gold Dome Debrief, our weekly podcast on Georgia's Legislature, we discuss updates to election-related bills making their way through the General Assembly, the progress of the Right to Visit Act, and how the state House is addressing the growing danger of drag racing here in Georgia.
Georgia's gold dome Capitol building in Atlanta. surrounded by grren trees against a cloudless, bright blue sky.
Republican lawmakers in Georgia muscled legislation through the state House on Monday that would roll back voting access, over the objection of Democrats and civil rights groups gathered at the Capitol to protest.
Poster with yellow background with pile of yellow, green, white and amber pills and black text "opioid epidemic"
A Georgia lawmaker is advancing legislation to combat the dramatic rise in opioid-related overdose deaths detected since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Vernon Jones at press conference in 1977: a Black man wearing white seersucker suit and dark tie standing at podium speaking into microphones
Vernon Jordan, who rose from humble beginnings in the segregated South to become a champion of civil rights before reinventing himself as a Washington has died at the age of 85.
Energy: Closeup of person's hands connecting high-voltage plug in plant sanding in front of multiple battery bank
In our seventh weekly podcast episode of Gold Dome Debrief we cover Georgia's legislative debate over election bills in the state House and Senate, the future of energy in the state, and the progress of a bill that would allow home-schooled students to engage in extracurricular activities in public schools. #gapol
surgical smoke: operating room with doctors around operating table
The Georgia Legislature is considering a bill that would mandate the use of technology in operating rooms that removes the presence of a by-product known as surgical smoke.
Gun licensing: Wordcloud circle with GUN CONTROL in center and related word forming the circle in black text on gray
Legislation has been filed that aims to allow people to carry a weapon without a license, as long as the person is eligible to obtain a weapon license. If adopted, HB 110 would prevent law enforcement from checking any individual's record before getting a license: instead they would only be charged if they had a previous record.
Trooper recruitment: Georgia state troopers stand in street outside the Georgia Capitol building behind a street barrier.
The Georgia State Patrol is struggling to recruit candidates, dealing with a decline in trooper numbers possibly caused by the current climate. During the Georgia House Appropriations Public Safety Subcommittee meeting held virtually on January 22, the most important issue centered around recruitment and retaining troopers to protect the citizens of Georgia.
Gang violence: Group of people in hoodies and pants stand facing a bright light at the far end of a fog-filled tunnel
In our sixth weekly episode of Gold Dome Debrief we cover Georgia's legislative counter to the 'defund the police' movement, expansion of COVID-19 vaccinations and efforts to combat gang violence. #gapol
vape HB 287: Hand holding an e-cigarette surrounded by swirling smoke.
A new bill in the Georgia Legislature would mandate instruction on tobacco and vapor products for students in public school grades K-12. In a House Education Committee meeting on Feb. 9, Rep. Bonnie Rich, R-Suwanee, said her HB 287 would address the current vaping crisis, which has emerged in schools within the last few years.