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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.

David Goldman / Associated Press

Among several ballot measures next month, Georgia voters will be asked whether they want to change the agency that polices judges in the state, known as the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC). If passed, the constitutional amendment would allow state lawmakers to recreate the commission.

Supporters say the changes are needed because the watchdog agency needs more oversight, but critics say the move would strip the agency of its political independence and effectiveness.

What Does the JQC Do?

gun control in georgia
Mike Stewart / Associated Press

 

In the wake of the Orlando shootings, one Georgia lawmaker is renewing her call for a ban on assault weapons.

During this year's legislative session, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston dismissed Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver's bill almost instantly.

Speaking on WABE's "Closer Look" Monday, Oliver said she modeled the bill on legislation that's been upheld in Connecticut.