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Georgia lawmakers pass bill to update criminal data and allow proactive investigation of voter fraud

(The Center Square) — Georgia lawmakers approved a measure to update the state’s criminal data reporting system and allow the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to proactively investigate election fraud. One part of Senate Bill 441, the Criminal Record Responsibility Act, would form the Criminal Case Data Exchange Board. It would oversee a process for criminal justice agencies, clerks of court and probation and parole supervision offices to electronically report updates to the Georgia Crime

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Georgia Legislature passes college free speech bill

(The Center Square) — Georgia lawmakers approved legislation they say would eliminate so-called “free speech zones” on college campuses. House Bill 1, the Forming Open and Robust University Minds (FORUM) Act, ostensibly aims to protect free speech rights anywhere on a college campus, not just in a designated area. It now heads to Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, for his signature. “Protecting the right to free speech on college campuses is critical,” Americans for Prosperity

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Georgia officials say the first year of the state crime-fighting unit has been a success

(The Center Square) – Georgia officials say the first year of the Multi-Agency Crime Suppression Unit’s operations has been a resounding success, and they vow to continue efforts. The unit launched amid a rise in violent crime and illicit street racing in Georgia, conducting its “first wave” on April 9, 2021. Since then, authorities have arrested 451 wanted people and 26 murder suspects. They have also secured 342 stolen and missing weapons and recovered 312