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Gov. Deal signs bills involving region

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ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal today signed numerous local government bills into law, including:

  • HB 122:           Provide a new charter for the City of Waynesboro
  • HB 358:           Provide staggered terms for Burke County Board of Commissioners
  • HB 537:           Allow Johnson County Probate Judge to also serve as Chief Magistrate
  • HB 566:           Create Jefferson County Board of Elections
  • SB 173:            Create Hancock County Board of Elections

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