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Georgia legislature now in session

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A new political era is upon us in Georgia after a new governor and hundreds of other lawmakers were sworn into office on Jan. 14.

A 40-day legislative session is now underway, in which newly elected Republican Governor Brian Kemp and other political leaders, including a freshman class making up nearly 18% of the legislative seats, will tackle a looming budget.

Kemp has also pledged to increase teacher salaries by $5,000, crack down on violent gang offenders and work on expanding gun rights. While Republicans still control the legislative branch, increase in Democrat seats will allow newfound influence.

Erin O’Brien, 360 Media, Inc.

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