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Thousands of metro Atlanta voters would find themselves in different state House districts under a Republican plan that Democrats allege reduces the influence of minority voters.

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Similar moves in other states have been challenged in federal courts, according to experts in voting law. If the Georgia plan is approved by the Republican dominated legislature, and Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, it could also be open to legal challenges.  

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Officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport have a plan that calls for fingerprint checks for drivers who work for ride-hailing firms.

Uber, the largest of those firms, says that would "raise substantial barriers to the Uber driver partners."

Uber company spokesman Bill Gibbons says the practice is out of step with dozens of airports across the country.

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A Georgia House committee Monday approved a bill that would implement the next steps of criminal justice reform in the state.

Gov. Nathan Deal has pushed for major changes to the state’s prison system in the last several years, focusing on getting low-level offenders out of prison. A large part of the latest proposal focuses on helping offenders successfully stay out of prison and re-enter society.

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A push to legalize the growth of marijuana for medical use in Georgia ended Monday, when lawmakers stripped the controversial measure out of a bill aimed at creating a regulatory system for in-state growth.

A House committee took no action on the substantially re-worked bill in its fourth hearing. The new version removes language that called for licensing between two and six for-profit manufacturers to grow, produce and distribute all of Georgia’s medical cannabis.

Police and sheriff groups lined up on Friday to tell lawmakers they support a bill that aims to curb some legal privileges for officers who face potential charges in deadly force cases.

Representatives from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the State Fraternal Order of Police and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council of Georgia were among those who threw their support behind the bill

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