Stockbridge

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The City of Stockbridge is suing the state in an attempt to keep itself together. Stockbridge city officials are asking a federal judge to stop a vote on the creation of the new city of Eagle’s Landing.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor Deal wraps up the official bill signing period with a flourish: his signature on one bill means Georgians could now pay state sales tax for many online purchases.  He also approved a controversial bill that could set a precedent for allowing Georgia cities to be split in two by residents looking for a change and a he vetoes a bill that was a showcase measure for GOP gubernatorial candidate Casey Cagle.  Plus, the Secretary of State’s Office launches an investigation into potential voting irregularities in last December’s race for Atlanta mayor. 

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UPDATE 5/8/2018: Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law a bill that would allow part of the city of Stockbridge to be annexed if the new city of Eagles Landing is formed. This was one of the more controversial measures on his desk to sign by Tuesday's deadline.

ORIGINAL STORY: A bill that passed just hours before the end of this year’s legislative session is creating conflict for some residents of Henry County.

If Governor Nathan Deal signs it, voters could create the new city of Eagles Landing, and with it, their own government, tax base and services.

To do so, they would take away land, revenue and residents from the city of Stockbridge.

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The 2018 legislative session wrapped up just after midnight last night.

I talked with the AJC’s Political Insider Jim Galloway about the winners and losers of this year’s legislative session.

  

RICKEY BEVINGTON: Let's start with hands free driving. What are the new rules that people are going to start having to obey?

On Second Thought For Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mar 27, 2018

A teenager in Thomasville, Georgia is facing charges for allegedly stealing a gun from a car earlier in March. We've seen this problem across the state. In 2016 The Trace, an investigative news website, examined firearm theft in Atlanta and Savannah. finding Atlanta led many cities with its rate of guns stolen from automobiles. We spoke with Brian Freskos, a reporter who covers gun trafficking for The Trace. 

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The city of Stockbridge has voted to ban smoking inside vehicles when children are present in a 3-2 vote during Monday night’s council meeting.

The trend towards banning smoking in vehicles where children are passengers is growing.  According to the Public Health Law Center there are eight states plus Puerto Rico that have such bans.  Georgia is not one of them.