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Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Senator Josh McKoon
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A state senator known for championing contentious legislation protecting people acting on religious belief has announced that he won't run for re-election.

State Sen. Josh McKoon announced Monday that he won't seek re-election in 2018. McKoon, a Republican from Columbus, said that he is not "taking anything off the table" in terms of what may come next for his career.

When he leaves, he will have served as a senator for eight years, which he said is enough.

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When Ivan Morales heard about a Fulton County Superior Court judge’s ruling that would allow immigrant students who have temporary permission to stay in the country to pay in-state tuition at Georgia’s public colleges, he was thrilled.

Elly Yu

Two new political allies have spent the past few days traveling around Georgia to oppose Amendment Three on next week's ballot.

The constitutional amendment, if passed, would allow the state legislature to recreate the state agency that investigates judicial ethics complaints, also known as the Judicial Qualifications Commission. 

State Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, has teamed up with Lester Tate, a Democrat and former chairman of the commission to campaign against the measure. 

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The key lawmaker behind a plan on November's ballot to overhaul the state's judicial watchdog agency says he hopes people will approve it even if they don't know much about it.

Amendment 3 on November’s ballot would allow the state Legislature to recreate the Judicial Qualifications Commission – the agency that investigates ethics and misconduct complaints against state judges.