San Francisco killing prompts a new effort from illegal immigration foes

The Republican from Columbus already has legislation in the works to prohibit “dream kids” and others sheltered by President Barack Obama from obtaining drivers licenses. The measure was successfully blocked this spring by business interests.

Look for McKoon to give a shout-out to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who this spring publicly invited foreigners in rural Georgia to move to the more inviting embrace of his city.

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State Sen. Jeff Mullis told WSB-TV's Lori Geary that he was open to stricter time limits on when folks can set off their bottle rockets, Roman candles and mortars. The Chickamauga Republican also said he would push for a constitutional amendment that would funnel tax revenue from the sales of fireworks toward fire safety or trauma care.

Mullis is one of the most forceful advocates of House Bill 110, which legalized the sale of consumer fireworks in Georgia. But the fine print also set rather permissive restrictions, allowing residents to set off fireworks between 10 a.m. and midnight for most of the year and until 2 a.m. around New Year's Day and the Fourth of July.

That led to a public backlash over the weekend as many residents of otherwise quiet neighborhoods were besieged by fireworks shows well after nightfall. One change to expect in January: Mullis told Geary that he agreed 2 a.m. was too late to light up the sky.

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State government once did something similar, offering immediate pensions to the "involuntarily separated." It resulted in an era in which many best friends were "fired" -- much to their delight.

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The State Bar of Georgia hosted its big gathering at the site two weeks ago, just as criticism of Confederate symbols was growing in the wake of the murders of nine black worshippers by a suspected white supremacist.

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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