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New Legislation is Brewing Up in the Georgia House That Will Change Georgia Craft Beer Industry

ATHENS, Ga—Georgia legislators are brewing up new legislation that, if passed, would revolutionize Georgia’s craft beer industry, according to some analysts. The legislation, Senate Bill 85 would remove the decades-old law that requires breweries to sell their beer through distributors and give away their beer on tours. Beer accounts for more than $1.1 million of Georgia’s economy and ranks 48th in the nation. Three of the 34 craft breweries in Georgia are located in Athens, according to the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild. They include Terrapin, Southern Brewing, and Creature Comforts. Under…

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Georgia Senate Bill to Protect LGBTQ Community

ATHENS, Ga.—Some Athens residents are speaking up about a newly introduced state senate bill that – if passed – could have a big impact on the LGBTQ community. Senate Bill 119, also called the ‘Georgia Civil Rights For All’ bill, would create full protections in public accommodations for LGBTQ individuals. The bill was introduced in the state legislature in an effort to extend protections to LGBTQ individuals. The state currently has no laws prohibiting discrimination against them. Athens For Everyone is an organization that advocates for state legislation they believe will…

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Some Students Say No to Guns on Campus

Students at the University of Georgia will hold a protest against a bill in the Georgia Senate that could lead to allowing carry of concealed firearms on campus. A march for UGA students and Athens’ community members will start at 6:15 PM tonight at the UGA Arch on Broad Street. The march will continue through campus and end at Myers Quad. But, students aren’t the only one to oppose this bill. University System of Georgia Chancellor, Hank Huckaby, testified in the Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee and said “The bottom line – we oppose…

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Alcohol Bill Would Lower Punishments for Underage Drinking

ATHENS, Ga-  A bill that would change how underage drinking is handled in the state of Georgia is now one step closer to becoming law. Advocates of the bill believe that the current law is ruining young people’s lives. It passed unanimously through its Senate committee just yesterday. Senate Bill 160 would make it so that possession of alcohol as a minor would result in a citation instead of arrest. Madeline Lefferts, a student at UGA, believes a citation is a better alternative. She sees first hand how an arrest…

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