A bill pending in the Georgia General Assembly could derail Gwinnett County's plan to introduce early voting on Sundays, the chairman of the county elections board told The Gwinnett Daily Post. Senate Bill 363, as it currently stands, says counties can offer weekend voting on one Saturday, one Sunday, but not both. Stephen Day told the newspaper the bill would "destroy the weekend advance voting plans" in Gwinnett by taking away "local control." Gwinnett's 2018 budget includes money to fund two days of Saturday voting and a half-day of voting on one Sunday, the paper reported. That came about because, in 2016, Gwinnett made national headlines for having long lines and wait times during early voting for its general election.
Lawmakers to honor former colleague, slain police detective
Legislation moving through the General Assembly would create lasting tributes to former state Rep. Paul Smith of Floyd County and slain Polk County Detective Kristen Hearne, The Rome News-Tribune is reporting. Senate Resolution 745 calls for the interchange at the South Rome Bypass and U.S. 27 to be named for Smith, a member of the Georgia House for 18 years and the former secretary and chairman of the House Transportation Committee. The resolution also would rename the bridge at Sybil Brannon Parkway over Ga. 278 for Hearne, who was fatally shot in September while investigating a suspicious vehicle.
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