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House sends fetal pain bill to Senate


ATLANTA — Most abortions would be banned five months into a pregnancy under legislation passed Wednesday by Georgia lawmakers. It’s part of a national effort to halt the procedure at the point when anti-abortion activists say fetuses can feel pain, although doctors dispute that claim.

Lawmakers in the Republican-dominated House passed the bill by a vote of 102-65. It now heads to the state Senate. If enacted, Georgia would become the sixth state to establish a so-called fetal pain law.

House OKs changes to juvenile code

ATLANTA — Juvenile courts would have to conduct an assessment of children’s mental health needs before committing them into state custody as part of an overhaul of the juvenile justice code passed Wednesday by House lawmakers.

Republican Rep. Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, said the legislation is the first rewrite of the juvenile code since 1970 and moves Georgia into conformity with federal standards. The bill passed by a unanimous vote of 172-0 and is headed to the state Senate.

In other news

THE STATE Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the conviction of a former executive involved in one of the biggest bankruptcies in South Carolina history, turning down former HomeGold Chairman Jack Sterling’s appeal and affirming his five-year-prison sentence.

LAWMAKERS GAVE initial approval Wednesday to a bill that would ban South Carolina teens from sending sexually explicit text messages. The anti-sexting bill that was passed by a House Judiciary subcommittee would make it illegal for juveniles ages 12 through 17 to knowingly transmit sexually explicit photos.

– Associated Press



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At mid-session, Georgia lawmakers take on taxes, transit

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