GOP Senate leader: Georgia 'has no business' restricting what Muslim women wear

Running it up the flagpole, see who salutes. That sort of thing.

Spencer’s bill would bar applicants from wearing masks or veils while posing for their driver’s license photos – something the state Department of Driver Services already requires. The measure appears to also make the Muslim burqa and veil subject to the state’s anti-masking law, a statute originally aimed at the KKK.

One of those not saluting is Senate President pro tem David Shafer, R-Duluth, the No. 2 leader of that chamber, its ranking member, and a major backer of “religious liberty” legislation in past sessions. Shafer is also a likely 2018 candidate for lieutenant governor.

I just finished a conversation with him. Shafer’s assessment of Spencer’s proposal:

Shafer is the first Republican leader in the Legislature to speak out publicly on the matter. Those waters feel pretty cold right now.

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.