Podcast: Metro Atlanta transit expansion, distracted driving law, the latest immigration debate

The latest immigration debate, Metro Atlanta transportation and the hands-free driving law are the focus of the latest Politically Georgia podcast episode.

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Host Greg Bluestein and AJC transportation reporter David Wickert start off with the latest developments, money devoted to transit expansion along Ga. 400.

At 7:36, Wickert and Bluestein jump into the distracted driving law, which goes into effect on July 1, and outline what’s legal, what’s not and how different agencies are enforcing the law from the beginning.

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“People’s understanding of the bill is still evolving,” Wickert said. “Even with a week to go.”

Wickert also went on a ride along with officials, which is detailed at 14:54.

“We drove around for less than an hour and saw a couple of dozen people who were either violating the current law clearly or otherwise having the phone in their hand, which will become illegal come July 1.”

At 18:30, Bluestein covers the last week in the latest immigration debate following family separations at the U.S. border. 

In this segment

  • How Georgia politicians reacted
  • The reactions to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ decision to refuse ICE detainees 
  • How it all impacts the governor’s race

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